The Strange Worlds project by Matthew Albanese is one of the most creative and interesting projects I have ever seen.
According to Albanese: "My work involves the construction of small-scale meticulously detailed models using various materials and objects to create emotive landscapes. Every aspect from the construction to the lighting of the final model is painstakingly pre-planned using methods which force the viewers perspective when photographed from a specific angle. Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am able to drastically alter the appearance of my materials."
You can see some of the behind the scenes shots at his Flickr account.