In a broad sense, nature encompasses the natural world, the physical universe, and the material world. The artwork of nature can take on many different sizes, shapes, and forms, giving the artist plenty of subjects for his paintings. Just a few subjects of nature, for example, include flowers, plants, trees, animals, botany, weather, and geology. Art imitates nature, as many artists and photographers replicate nature in their paintings and photographs as well.
As a true pioneer of nature photography, Ansel Adams was the renowned expert for capturing the beauty of nature in his surrealistic photographs. Adams is considered a visionary hero of nature photography and preservation. His best known pictures were taken of Yosemite National Park in the early 1900’s. Photography experts say his black and white photos have a beautiful, silver-like quality. Today, the Ansel Adams Gallery has become a gathering place for celebrating the arts and the natural grandeur of the environment.
One of Ansel Adams’ most famous photographs is Monolith: The Face of the Half Dome. The photograph is absolutely beautiful, and it definitely captures the rugged elegance of Yosemite National Park.
Nature Inspires Art
Nearly every aspect of nature—including the land and water we rely on for survival— definitely shape and support the way everyone views the world. The paintings and photographs that artists create come from the inspiration that they experience all around them.
Since the earliest dynasties, the mountains of China have provided an expression of nature’s power called “qi,” which attracts rain clouds, waters the crops, and provides medicine for healing the sick, as well as beautiful backdrops for the portraits and paintings that artists create. No doubt, the power of nature and beauty is a vital part of life.
Across the seas in the United States, people still raft down one of the country’s oldest River (the Mississippi) and sing of the country’s “purple mountain majesties” in reference to Pike’s Peak in Colorado. Both Pike’s Peak and America’s great river provide great scenic landscapes for the painter’s brush and the photographer’s camera.
Archaeologists still discover rudimentary cave paintings and drawings of horses, deer, and bulls in France, Greece, and other parts of the world that date back more than 17,000 years.
Both nature and art are an important part of our lives, culture, and history, and as such, everyone needs to appreciate and conserve nature and the artistic spirit, in order to ensure that our sons and grandsons can appreciate the world around them.