Like other artists fascinated by destruction, New York-based photographer Lori Nix has a knack for capturing splendid structures and settings roughed up by disaster and decay. The catch? The subject of each photograph—every astrological fresco, moldy map, and patch of moss in the scene above, for example—is created in miniature diorama form by the photographer herself. Having grown up in Kansas, where "winter snow storms, spring floods and tornados" and "summer insect infestations and drought" are just a part of every year, Nix is fascinated by the carnage of natural disaster, though attempts to keep her portrayals beautiful and, to a point, light-hearted, playing in the gray area between melancholy and whimsy. Says Nix: "Whereas most adults viewed these seasonal disruptions with angst, for a child it was considered euphoric. Downed trees, mud, even grass fires brought excitement to daily, mundane life." Her most recent series, "The City," portrays her imaginings of a post-apocalyptic metropolis, complete with an overgrown conservatory, a crumbling opera house, a desiccated aquarium, and a grime-stained laundromat.
"The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man's encroachment," Nix says.
· 22 Jaw-Droppingly Realistic Dioramas [Buzz Feed]
· About Lori Nix [Official Site]
· Here Now, Minuscule Houses Inspired by Blighted Buildings [Curbed National]