Another exponent of natural forms employed in art alongside Ernst Haeckel is Karl Blossfeldt (1825-1932). To quote from the blurb of the book “Art Forms in Nature” (Schirmer Art Books):
Karl Blossfeldt first published his photographs of plants in 1928, achieving overnight fame. (…) By manifoldly enlarging the inner structures of plants, Blossfeldt was able to reveal their organic form (…) Karl Blossfeldt was neither a trained photographer nor a botanist. He was a sculptor who, as a professor of art, was interested in plants for didactic reasons.
Wikipedia describes Blosfeldt’s work as being “a transition between looking at photography as just science and looking at photography as art as well.” A similar phenomenon can been seen as the public conception of computers as “tools for science” adjusts to incorporate computers as “tools for art”.