Lori Nix is both a photographer and miniature model maker. Take a close look at these images, they’re table top creations, meticulously created for the photograph.
Is the art the photograph or the diorama? Same with Laurie Simmons (Tiny Furniture), James Casebere and Andy Goldsworthy. Mr. Goldsworthy’s art is creating ephemeral and temporary natural creations, however the ‘business’ is photography, and by extension, books. I feel the art isn’t the documentation, but the creation. Documentation is secondary. Ms. Nix creation of realistic miniatures falls into this middle ground as well. Without the photographs, there wouldn’t be documentation. That’s an interesting question, don’t you think? Does the work gain from the documentation? The photographer does. Just a thought. Ms. Nix says:
I am often asked questions about the inspiration for my work as well as my working process. As a ‘non-traditional’ photographer (I construct my subject matter rather than go find it) people find it hard to grasp what exactly it is that I do. And the fact that it is all done in front of the camera, with no digital manipulation, adds its own set of challenges. Building materials, lighting, issues of scale and space all become significant when you are recreating the world on a table top.