One of the great arguments about photography is whether it is an art or merely the capture of something that already exists...
I bet you can guess come down on the side of art! Well I'll also add in there that there is a bit of science and art in photography.
See the art is the composition, light and shadow. The science is the math of aperture, shutter, ISO.
In this photo I added selective color just for fun. Well also because flowers deserve some color to show off their glory.
I think all of life is a mix of science and art. We have science that defines physical interactions, and art that defines how we use science to effect perception. The moral compass that keeps the art and life on track? The Bible.