Lori Nix is an artist that I have known about for some time. I don’t really remember when I first heard about her, or who told me about her, but I have admired her work, as I said, for a while now. I contacted her and asked if I could show some of her work here for you and she has given me permission to do so.
For me, this image is the one that says Lori Nix. It is the first image I ever saw and the one that gave me that wow moment. I was so intrigued, and there was also quite a bit of jealously. I would love to be able to do images like this. When I was studying art, I dreamed of images like this. Turning my city and the places I knew into abandoned sites, left alone.
I thought these images were all done on the computer, so I was totally surprised to learn that she builds dioramas and they are totally contructed. She builds, then photographs them, and does very little manipulation. I was really in awe then.
Here is something from her About page.
I am often asked questions about the inspiration for my work as well as my working process. As a ‘non-traditional’ photographer (I construct my subject matter rather than go find it) people find it hard to grasp what exactly it is that I do. And the fact that it is all done in front of the camera, with no digital manipulation, adds its own set of challenges. Building materials, lighting, issues of scale and space all become significant when you are recreating the world on a table top.
The level of detail that must go into these images, and sourcing the materials to make them is mind blowing. I just can’t get my head around it. I know I wouldn’t have the patience for this sort of work.
Much of the city work I think is very realistic, some others isn’t, but that doesn’t deter from what the work is about and how it looks. It is interesting that some of the work is so realistic that your eye is totally tricked into believing that it is real, while other pieces, as soon as you see them your eye knows they are models.
I think the work is brilliant and after learning how they were made, I am an bigger fan now. I found a video on YouTube about how she works, it only goes for about three minutes and you can find it here.
I am going to do as I usually do and make a gallery for you so you can look through her work. Please go and take a look at her website, Lori Nix. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Lori for allowing me to share her work with you here.