Referring to Ansel Adams, a photography teacher commented that Nature-based photography is akin to holding a candle to God. Bob sympathized with that view. Still, he sensed that Nature is life. Science is Nature. All of existence is Nature. He's not drawn to a literal replication of its extraordinary gifts. A camera does that just fine. Rather, he strives to capture something more ineffable and more personal. As Alfred Korybski said, "The Map is Not the Territory". A map hints; its 2-D image suggests both space and time. He eschews linear perspective in favor of "Eastern" approaches to pictorial space that leaves the viewer free to decide what's interesting. To allow the viewer to fine one's path through that terrain, over those hills, down that river, across that space. It's certainly true that that kind of visual travels isn't a substitute for the real thing. Referring to the paradoxical title of Magritte's "pipe" painting, a painting with Nature as the subject could be titled, "This is Not Nature".
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