One of the most attractive things about venturing out and exploring nature is witnessing its raw beauty. Nature’s raw beauty is often put on a pedestal by nature photographers. Nature unadulterated or minimally edited is the intention of many photographers and by all means a noble goal. Yet this documentary style of nature photography is a narrow view.
Photographers have the ability to bring their own perspective and voice to the subjects they photograph. For some this manifests itself as a style or a focused project/portfolio. In either case it is one’s creative eye and vision that separates photographers as artists. To paraphrase an Elliott Erwitt quote, It’s not what you see, but how you see it.
So with that in mind do you photograph “nature as art” or make “art from nature”?
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