Dystopian Inspiration


Have you ever heard of Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber? No? Neither had I until today. Apparently, they’re a pair of artists who have created a fascinating photograph series called The City.

Check these out:

Lori Nix Subway 2012

Lori Nix, “Subway” 2012 via Ryot.Org

Library

Lori Nix, “Library” 2007 via Ryot.Org

Lori Nix, Circulation Desk

Lori Nix, “Circulation Desk” 2012 via Ryot.Org

How amazing are these? I feel inspired to write a dystopian story. Possibly with zombies.

Or I could finally complete the horror story I started writing in college that one semester when our city was hit by an ice storm, and I ended up stuck in my dorm with about a few other girls and no heat, no electricity, and no security. (The inspiration for that came from a blacked-out lobby with an ice machine that melted and overflowed all over the carpet that was already probably twenty years old.)

Then there’s the artist Suzanne Heintz who has spent 14 years creating her series Life Once Removed, which is, in her terms, about “Spinsterhood, and the American Way.” Not quite as Divergent-y as the photographs above, but definitely a little Stepford Wives-y.

sh-first-love

Suzanne Heintz

We love & obey the formatted image of a well-lived life. So deeply ingrained is that strange auto-grin we put on when a camera is present. Do we live our lives with a keen awareness of how it feels, or just how it looks?

Suzanne Heintz, from her description of Life Once Removed.

There’s a story there, too.

To see more of Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber’s amazing series The City, look here, and be sure to check out Lori Nix’s other series Unnatural HistoryLost, Some Other Placeand Accidentally Kansas.
 
To see more of Suzanne Heintz, check out her portfolio.
 
I first read about Lori Nix, Kathleen Gerber, and Suzanne Heintz on Ryot.Org, which is an awesome site for not just reading your daily news but making a difference about it. You should check them out: Artists Build Breathtaking Scenes Of A Modern Apocalypse and Artist Plays House For 14 Years With Her Fake Family
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