Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What Makes This One Different?

"You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different." - Neil Gaiman

I found this quote recently on the Facebook page of The Troy Book Makers, and just loved it! I may not have jumped on the Neil Gaiman bandwagon right away, but this quote would do it for me. It really emphasizes the role of art in today's world. Before photography's invent, the job of the average artist was to create a realistic copy of what was before them, to be preserved in time. Once the camera came into use, art had to evolve. Now, it's no longer "this is what this tree looks like" as much as "why should I look at this tree?". What may have once been called the destruction of the artist was actually the catalyst to a much better era, one in which the artist is a creative mind as much as a skilled hand.

I wonder what else is changing for the better?

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