Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.
—James Russell Lowell
In order for photography of natural things to enter the realm of the fine arts, it must first be acknowledged that, before assuming any meaning, photographs are products of machines; that natural phenomena are products of forces independent of, and oblivious to, the emotions and significance ascribed to them by human beings; and that art is a manufactured product of the human mind. Therefore, the photographic artist’s task is to find a way to relate these notions to one another in a balanced and meaningful way.
Indeed, much of the resistance to photography in the so-called “art world” is founded on the belief ...