Guarding the border.
I used to know a sound recordist who made beautifully strange, beguiling and dreamlike soundscapes built up from field recordings and he was always careful to secure the best possible raw material prior to sampling, manipulation and degradation.
My inspiration is a travel book from 1926 illustrated with landscape photographs.
A good photographer with a good field camera would have produced beautiful images that were then printed as well as the technology of the time allowed and publishers were willing to afford.
So … a starting point.