Painting has changed since the time of Cennino, and not just with technology. How people think about art has changed, too. Few things show how much the idea of art has changed than the art of photography.
Changes in Photography
The art of composing, lighting, etc. is easily faked in software, "digital art" is being shown in galleries, and most people under the age of 30 are attached to an electronic gizmo. Wallpaper is not just for walls, and even wallpaper can bought and used as removable stickers that the buyer can re-arrange on a whim and that is considered "art." Times have changed....
Remember the days of film cameras? When you HAD to compose, measure the light, and pray the photo prints well? I used a film camera in 2002 when I lugged 40 rolls of 36 exposures film to England, Ireland, and Scotland and back home to the USA. The film was precious: you had to compose the picture in the frame, make sure the light was good enough for a decent print. Photoshop was what you did when trying to find coupons for less expensive film and/or developing. Then, I took all 40 rolls of film to the store to wait a week for them to develop the film.
Now, most people take a photo, upload it to a computer, and edit it to their liking. Some how, art seems lost. The excitement of seeing what worked is quelled. Instant gratification, from the light in the photo to what was in the frame.
There is one photographer that I know that uses a digital camera like a film camera: Jason Eldridge. He composes "in the frame," knows about apperature (not the software), shutter speed, etc. He looks for the moment by actually getting outside before the crack of dawn or delaying dinner for the sunset. He uses the camera as his paint brush - and the results are stunning.
Jason's work can be found at Eldridge Studios by clicking on this sentence.
|Grapes, Leaves, and Metal Jar - 2008 - acrylics on canvas - 8 x 10 inches - $50|