Lori Nix – Creating Photographs rather than taking them
We have always seen photographers travelling around the world in a look out for interesting subjects to indulge in and photograph for their portfolio but here’s a new one. Lori Nix creates her subject rather than trying to finding them. She creates the scenario in her mind and then brings it to life on a table top to the best of her abilities. Scale, lighting, space, materials everything has to be perfect and as close to reality as possible, which naturally complicates Lori’s work.
The photographer’s work is greatly inspired by landscape painting particularly the creations of Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand, Frederich Edwin Church, Martin Johnson Heade, and the Romantic Painter Casper David Friedrich. Each of these artists had effects of sublime Romanticism in their work. They all tried to invoke a certain state of mind and express intense emotions either though romance or horror and Lori Nix tries to follow their lead and do exactly the same with her one of a kind work.
“Accidentally Kansas” is one of Lori’s earliest works. The photographer majorly relied on model manufacturing and uses a shallow depth of field in order to create a dreamy quality in the photographs. Lori says “I am interested in depicting danger and disaster, but I tamper with it by giving it a touch of humor” this phenomenon has everything to do with Lori’s childhood experiences which included her being trapped in near death situations. Accidentally Kansas is a recreation of some of them.