Lori Nix's City

by David J. Carol

Lori Nix

January 22, 2013

The first time I saw Lori Nix’s “Laundromat” photo, I did a double-take, then a triple-take and then I just stared in absolute amazement and fascination. What was I looking at? Was it real? Was it an illustration? 

Nix’s work is indeed photography—usually an image of a world she creates in her mind, then makes into reality. Comparable to watching some kind of horror/comedy thriller, viewers are absorbed in the incredible world of Nix’s imagination, one that works so brilliantly because of her impeccable lighting skills and attention to every detail. I asked the New York-based photographer what was her inspiration behind building these labor-intensive models. 

“To entertain myself during my daily subway commute, I frequently play the ‘What if?’ game,” Nix says. “I wonder what it would be like to be one of the last remaining people living in the city. How does Mother Nature behave when her urban caretakers are no longer present? What happens to the plants and animals that had previously been pushed to the margins? My current series, ‘The City,’ examines this premise—what would the city look like post-mankind?”   

Nix is many things—photographer, architect, designer—but the word that first springs to mind when I think of her? “Brilliant!”

See more of Nix’s work at: www.lorinix.net/the_city/index.html

Each month, David Carol highlights the work from a photographer who shoots for love, passion and personal experience. David J. Carol is the director of photography at CBS Outdoor. His images and award-winning books are in the collections of major museums and institutions throughout the U.S. He also serves as a portfolio reviewer for several organizations  around the country. Contact him at david@davidcarol.com or visit his website, www.davidcarol.com.

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