When I was a kid, I had a dog-eared copy of Shep Paine’s How to Build Dioramas that I spent countless blissful hours poring over and dreaming about. Lori Nix’s work enthralls me in just the same way, and for most of the same reasons.

Our own Arwen O’Reilly writes:

I’m blown away by Lori Nix’s post-Apocalyptic diorama photographs. (Her “Unnatural History” series, which shows a natural history museum askew, is also fabulous.) She builds each diorama from scratch over about seven months and then spends up to three weeks perfecting the lighting and placement of the props. I love this quote from her FAQ: “I have miniature power tools throughout the apartment, a chop saw under the kitchen table, a miniature table saw on top.”

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Stephen

    I am lucky enough to own one of Lori’s pieces (Night at the Museum). It hangs in my office and puts a smile on my face every day. Every time I look at the piece I notice a new little detail that makes me smile.

    You can see the piece on Lori’s website: