Lori Nix calls herself a “non-traditional” photographer, which many people have a hard time wrapping their heads around, at least at first. After all, she employs the “traditional” elements of countless photographers before her; light, shadow, film and paper. However, one of the main things that sets her apart from other photographers is the fact that none of the environments she photographs actually exist. Well, that’s not true either. They do exist, but only because she has created them. In addition to being a photographer, Lori Nix is a sculptor, of sorts, designing and building painstakingly detailed dioramas of both interiors and exteriors, which she then photographs with an 8×10 view camera. She says many people don’t realize, at first, that what they are looking at isn’t real, which is just fine with her. ”My goal,” Nix says, “is to maybe confuse the viewer, even for five seconds, if they even give me five seconds of their time and then they might realize ‘oh, this isn’t a real space. This is totally fabricated.’ So I kind of like that idea of lying to the viewer for as long as I can hold the lie.” What’s even more impressive than the insane level of detail, is the fact that none of the images are manipulated in Photoshop. What you see is what she built. Her personal work is featured in galleries across the country and her commercial work has appeared in magazines like Field & Stream, O, Glamour and New York. Amazing and absolutely inspiring.