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The City: Photographer Creates a {Tiny} Post-Apocalyptic World

By Hanssie on May 22nd 2014


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There seems to be a fascination with the world as we know it and its utter destruction. The popularity in recent movies such as Elysium, After Earth, Pacific Rim, and World War Z, TV shows such as The Walking Dead and Supernatural, and pretty much anything by JJ Abrams evidence this theory.

Since 2005, photographer Lori Nix has also been envisioning a world after the apocalypse in her series, “The City.” In this eerie set of images which has been made into a book with the same title, Lori creates worlds devoid of mankind, being slowly overtaken by nature. I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of its human inhabitants, Nix writes, These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man’s encroachment. I am afraid of what the future holds if we do not change our ways regarding the climate, but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring.

She draws inspiration from the newspaper, sci-fi novels and growing up in Kansas, where the threat of imminent destruction in the form of a natural disaster was commonplace.



Instead of photographing existing worlds and then using Photoshop to manipulate them into the abandoned cityscapes, Lori creates each world, painstakingly taking months to complete and up to 3 weeks to photograph. Lori and her partner, Kathleen Gerber creates huge dioramas in their living room. The dioramas can range from 20 inches to 6 feet in diameter and shot on 8×10 film. 




Seeing these photographs takes me back to a recent trip to Athens. Standing on Mars Hill, looking up at the ruins of what once was the Acropolis, I imagined what life was like in Ancient Greece. Walking the grounds around the crumbling buildings which was an important part of our world’s history and thinking of a future world where archeologists may stumble upon our present day artifacts to study and put on display in a museum. What would they think of us and the way we live? What would that world look like? Would there even be a world to inhabit or are we slowly causing its destruction. Lori Nix and her series, “The City,” gives me a glimpse of what a future world just might hold, and it is both parts fascinating and eye-opening.


Anatomy Classroom






Chinese Take Out


Laudromat at Night




Museum Of Art

Lori was one of five photographers given the Lytro Illum to test out. See our post and the behind the scenes video HERE. To see more of Lori Nix’s work, check out her website.

CREDITS: All photographs by: Lori Nix are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Greg Faulkner

    This is really cool

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