Lori Nix’s City
By David J. Carol
PHOTO © LORI NIX
T he 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 il- lustration?
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 care-
takers 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 email@example.com or visit his website,