Nature: a photography special

Amid lives increasingly dominated by technology, the natural world offers us both a challenge and a retreat. In these photographic essays, we explore how humans enjoy nature, chronicle it and try to bend it to their will

When the British photographer drove a pillar into a field near his home in Sweden, all kinds of birds swooped down

The photographer examines the links between cultivation and colonisation

‘I had always wanted to live in nature but never got around to it’

Henry Porter traces his fascination with a Cotswolds landmark. Photographs by Chrystel Lebas

The capital’s palm trees predate the city’s spiralling development, offering a symbol of survival

For more than a century, the creator of these exquisite algae prints was unknown. Joshua Chuang charts her emergence

The US photographer on how he was inspired by a man who fled small-town life two centuries ago