Technology and Art

With the exponentially growing popularity of smart phone cameras more and more people seem to believe that they are artists. My question is, what does this mean for the true artists of the photography world?

If it’s getting easier and easier for people like me to snap a photo, filter it with some software, and put out a decent photo, where does that leave the photographer who honed those skills over years of practice? Not, knowing a lot, I would guess that there is still a divide between what can be done with software and what can be done with a great camera and a dark room. But what happens as that divide shrinks?

Again, I would have to guess. My guess is that the artist adapts. There is always room for a good eye. To me art is as much a state of mind as it is technique or practice. Art changes and adapts to the tools of the time. It’s people finding creative ways to use the tools available that makes the art, art.

Smart phone cameras and photo apps like instagram and hipstamatic make “art” more accessible to the common man. While they may dumb down techniques that are difficult and time consuming for the true artist, they allow normal people like me to join in the fun. I would hope that a true lover of art would rejoice in this renaissance of photography and take the opportunity to educate others about the art of photography. What do you think?

I may be way off with these thoughts and would welcome a real artist’s comments. These were just a few thoughts I had this morning while drinking my coffee and reading the latest tech news.

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