Lori Nix is a "faux" landscape photographer. In other words, she builds her subject matter, rather than seeking it out. Her dioramas are precise snapshots in a longer story—surreal narratives with epic consequences. Varnished with a dash of humor and a touch of doom, her fantasticl landscapes arouse a perfect balance of curiosity and trepidation. Her built landscapes include remote pastures, suburban corners, and urban towers, and, quite often, her work depicts the quiet confrontations between these worlds.
During a visit to Los Angeles, a friend remarked to me that so many streets are named for things that to eat: Olive, Orange Grove, and Grape. Like dandelions in sidewalk cracks, these street signs peer through the city's neon and vinyl, a reminder that Los Angeles was once organized by boulevards of orchards, not Hollywood and Sunset.
A slide show of photographs of the second part of New York's High Line, an elevated garden built on an abandoned railroad track, with gardens designed by Piet Oudolf. The second part of the High Line opens today, bringing the completed garden to a mile long.