“To hold, as it were, the mirror up to nature…”

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.

大自然化育萬物, 是為造化.

李賀曾言: 筆補造化天無功.

筆既然可以補造化, 天也就是說無功.

人藝雖然足以勝天, 最終也許未嘗可以超越大自然定律.

鍾書先生有言: 造化之秘,與心匠之運,沆瀣融會,無分彼此.


About NgTom

Three fundamental constituents support my life; they are literature, philosophy and photography. And I am rather glad that I don't really need them to sustain my living. But, it only implies my incompetent.
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40 Responses to “To hold, as it were, the mirror up to nature…”

  1. Great entry sir! I guess as humans, we really have this tendency to recreate the things that are found in our environment in order for us to feel connected with it. I think also that self-preservation is also one of the factors that constitute art. We tend to feel in control when we produce or make art, and so perhaps validate our being ‘human’ in a way.I agree with your number one point Sir, and as a photographer these choices are what makes photography (and art in general) exciting. As a budding photographer, I find deep joy not only in being able to document phenomena in the material world but most especially the ‘fleeting moments’ that I am able to capture with my camera.

  2. because your blog provoked me to think so. 🙂 Thank you for dropping by my blog too. Great day sir!

  3. Really beautiful shots in their utter simplicity and visual impact.

  4. VEry beautiful photos/compositions.

  5. j3ssi33ss3x says:

    Reblogged this on The Three G's.

  6. “鍾書先生有言: 造化之秘,與心匠之運,沆瀣融會,無分彼此”,在诗学和美学上讲,钱鍾书先生可谓是有着绝代的才华。:) 很高兴可以写汉字.

  7. 看到越来越多的天空了,美 ~ ~
    “人藝~ 绝对无法勝天“ — 这是我 为数不多的几个绝对之一 🙂

  8. Another great post– I have really enjoyed your blog and nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award– More info can be found here– http://mysteriesofthewasteland.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/inspiring-blog-award-nomination/ Have a great week over there!

  9. Dave says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful and intelligent post!

  10. It would be interesting to look at all Shakespeare’s quotations concerning Art and work out some general theory behind them
    I wonder what people who are having their photograph taken are looking at, what do they see, what do they want to see, what do they not want to see…?

  11. Lisa says:

    Beautiful pictures!!!

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