The question was posed, if the old masters were alive today would they embrace the new technology. The simple answer is yes; if it benefited them in some way. We heap praises on the “old masters” who, in many ways, had limited technology and resources yet produced stunning results.
Today we have technology that can in many ways aid the production of our work and also helps us realize it doesn’t make our work any better. The truth is: it has never been about the tools. It has always been about the workman. The combination that makes up what we call the “old masters” is part skill and with it an intangible sense that enables them to see what others do not see and create what others cannot imagine. I believe it is a gift and the degree of the gift will measure the results. The results are always viewed with subjective eyes but that special sense is unchanged regardless of the outcome.
If you wish to see how times have changed all you have to do is “google” a few words. If google was around 50 years ago and you searched the word “workshops” you might get a vast array of workrooms full of tools and people making things. Today “workshops” renders pictures of people in gatherings of various sizes learning about work, what to work on and how to do it. About working but not actually working.
Then if you try shops you get places to shop. Stores of every type and size. So the world slowly evolves based on what we do and thanks to technology we can see it right in front of our eyes.
Often referred to and sought after and if you should become very wealthy… why is it called filthy rich? hmmm?
Art is not so much defined but observed.
We cannot make photos of the past or the future. What happens now in front of our camera is our canvas. We can only learn from the past. The great tragedy would be to miss now. Be ready to see, camera at hand and remember to think through the shot.
Why fall into the trap of making some macabre image to shock your audience. We see enough of that without going out of the way. Trying to shock on purpose is going to tire very quickly.