Two Conception of Nature photography
The material world and its phenomena are the source of nature photography.
In the progress of a shot, between the mind of the photographer and nature, there is always a choice.
The choice involves two conception:
1/ The photo was shot as it is or with selective imitation
2/ The photo was shot with “Homo additus naturae”…man added to nature.That is with the art of human.
The two conception originated from the theory of the beautiful in nature or art.
The proponent of the first could trace back to Plato(Republic 393-397), as Shakespeare said in Hamlet: To hold, as it were, the mirror up to nature.
While the latter was proposed by Dio Chrysostom(Oratio XII), as Sir Francis Bacon said in Advancement of Learning Bk. 11. Or, as Shakespeare said: This is an art, which does mend nature, change it rather, but that art itself is nature(The Winter Tale).
Any further ideas from my dear bloggers are welcome.