[The Nature Photographer] belongs to that rare category of people who put beauty before profit and contemplation before interest - people for whom beauty is profitable and contemplation is a fundamental attitude for the enrichment of life.
In this group he will find himself in the company of the most generous and elevated minds, of those who, be they artists or not, have offered us the means of feeling at peace with the universe, of feeling the trace of the infinite and the presence of the eternal. Certainly they are a composite group and those who lead it will seem way above us, but the important thing is to feel that one is marching under the same banner, to the sound of the same fanfare.
Nature awaits him with her infinite variety; the discovery of distant lands, or opportunities no less Important or desired for, which may be just around the corner. Enjoyable walks await him, stimulating journeys; the priceless satisfaction whatever may be the outcomes of his photography, of a day well spent.
- Camillo Semenzato
A picture must not be invented, but felt. . . Close your bodily eye so that you may see your picture first with the spiritual eye. Then bring to the light of day that which you have seen in the darkness so that it may react upon others from the outside inwards...
The artist should not only paint what he sees before him, but also what he sees within him. If, however, he sees nothing within him, then he should also omit to paint that which he sees before him. Otherwise his pictures will resemble those folding screens behind which one expects to find only the sick or even the dead.
I must be entirely by myself, and know that I am alone in order to see and perceive Nature completely. Nothing should stand between her and myself. I must give myself to my surroundings, must merge with my clouds and cliffs in order to become what I am.
- Caspar David Friedrich
The earth is not a fresh air resort and the idyllic prospectuses of the earth tell lies. Nature does not run along the little thread on which reason would like to see it run. the light of day is beautiful but poisonous... - Hans Arp
I am interested in the nature of things. The nature of something is quite different from the way it looks. - Duane Michals - in an interview with Anne Tucker.
The only nature I'm interested in is my own nature. - Aaron Siskind
We do not see Nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our heart. - William Hazlitt
Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everywhere is something which could be beautiful. You must only to see and to know what and how to take off, to crop from the infinity. Abstract, fine art, nature, landscape and portrait photography. - Florin Constantinescu
Many photographers think they are photographing nature when they are only caricaturing her. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
All life is of a past nature, photography enhances this fact. - Patrick Summerfield - [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 118]
When I started my adventure in photography, I was suddenly introduced to the world around me. I can’t believe I have been so blind for too many years. - Laura Tate Sutton
Photographic Realism said, in effect: "we're going to shock you by doing the thing that's been anathema since the mid-l9th century. We're going to stay closer to nature, we're going to stay as close to nature as photography does, and we all know that's awful, and that's precisely why we're going to do it. - Clement Greenberg
Photography is a medium, a language, through which I might come to experience directly, live more closely with, the interaction between myself and nature. - Paul Caponigro
Neither Miró nor Picasso. Signed by nature. - Sergio da Silva - From the book "Water, Mirror of the World"
I often wished I could capture and share the sudden moments of beauty that I would see all around me. - Caroline Mueller - http://www.CarolineMuellerPhotography.com