The photographer as the currently most evolved form of artist-cyborg, embracing technological tools to create artwork.
Steve Jobs (so far) as the most successful entrepreneur, artist, rebel, and tyrant.
Apple as the premiere art technology company — creating beautiful and simple tools for the masses in order to create artwork (Procreate app, iPhone camera, Zen Brush app).
Apple software as revolutionary — simple tools for anyone to make artwork (iBooks Author, Garage band, Apple Photos, iMovie).
Leonardo da Vinci would have loved photography
If Leonardo da Vinci were alive today, he would certainly LOVE and be BLOWN AWAY by the epic power of photography.
He would have come up with innovative ways to integrate photography, smartphones, and any digital technology into his artistic production and workflow.
Leonardo da Vinci as the summit of artist-technologist (so far). Da Vinci as the goal.
- Elon Musk: Not only technological genius, but also artistic and design genius behind Tesla. Flush door handles is his innovation and artistic tyrant. Also the cool gull wing doors on Model X.
- Kanye West: 808s, sampling, rap music, design and clothing production, and using technological tools to innovate music (Yeezus, My Beautiful Dark Fantasy, 808s and Heartbreaks).
- Dyson: Beautiful everyday objects which are also insanely effective. The Dyson hand dryer as the only hand dryer I actually like using, and which actually works!
It seems the goal is this:
Create beautiful, simple, and tools which empower us to live simpler lives, and also to empower the masses to create their own artwork.
The supreme artist is not a technophobe
The most powerful artist will use all technology they deem fit to create their artworks. The artist is not anti-technology— the artist is simply selective with the tools they deem is worthy of them.
The photographer utilizes all forms of visual art creation.
The photographer using standalone digital cameras, film cameras, smartphone cameras, sketching in analogue and digitally, and using any screen or surface to create their art works.
The photographer prints their work in real life and also publishes digitally. The photographer as not knowing boundaries, differences, and doesn’t judge between digital vs analogue photography.
The photographer as the supreme visual artist.