The description on Lori Nix's website is that of a "non-traditional photographer," which is true but doesn't tell you everything.
The subjects of Nix's photographs are completely hand-made dioramas, rich with architectural detail and the sort of make-believe realism that made the scenes and sets in Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox so magnetic.
Unlike Anderson's set design, which found humanity in the burrows and nests of pesky critters, Nix's photographs from her series entitled The City capture the reconquest of civilization by wild nature.
The settings for these exacting imaginary scenes is that of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, with nature slowly reclaiming the damaged halls once roamed by people. The feeling is not so far from the bittersweet rush of seeing the inside of a slowly disintegrating mansion thanks to an urban explorer's photographs.
Even if they depict nothing more than her dark vision of an imaginary future, Nix's photographs capture a feeling of decay and loss that is anything but pretend.
Take a look!
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