In "The City," artist Lori Nix documents a tiny post-apocalyptic world.
Artist Lori Nix has been creating and photographing dioramas for the past two decades, capturing images of everything from the natural settings of rural life ("Accidentally Kansas") to the behind-the-scenes trappings of a museum ("Unnatural History"). Her most recent work, "The City," depicts a post-apocalyptic city in the process of being reclaimed by nature.
In discussing the work, Nix says she was inspired by the cinema of her childhood, recalling, "I am fascinated, maybe even a little obsessed, with the idea of the apocalypse...I also grew up watching 1970s films known as 'disaster flicks.' I remember watching Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Planet of Apes and sitting in awe in the dark." She says the scenes she creates range from 60 centimeters to 182 centimeters in diameter, and that the scenes in "The City" took seven months to create and up to three weeks to shoot. Pictured here is Laundromat, 2008; see the rest of the series here at Nix's site.
The photographs in "The City" are best viewed as large as you can view them, to catch the minute details liberally strewn throughout. I've always been weirdly drawn to post-apocalyptic images, and with "The City," Nix reminds me why.