The digital age and tea

I am fortunate enough to work for an amazing animation studio (with a long legacy to boot!)  The past couple of weeks there have been a slew of interesting guest speakers and field trips that have really provoked thoughts on the digital age we reside in.

The animation industry moved from 2D (hand drawn) to what most people currently see out in the theaters 3D (computer generated.)  With this change came the transition to use Photoshop to create the art and backgrounds as opposed to hand painting.  I’ve always been a little dismayed by this concept.  I realize that it is quicker and cheaper and easier to make changes but what have we lost with this digital transition?  The company I work for has a library of artwork steaming back from its first feature film.  Beautiful works of art which are now carefully preserved for future admirers.  I wrestle with the disheartening feeling, now that we have moved to a mainly digital media, what will we have to show to inspire the next generation?  A Photoshop JPG (albeit equally as crafted) can never take the place of a tactile canvas.  There are no brush strokes to absorb; the smell, texture.. it’s all taken away with a digital piece of art.

In yoga we are taught about balance and moderation.  Everything has its place.  I wonder in this technical age if we can find that balance?  What if the great Masters only painted in Photoshop would the Mona Lisa have the same appeal?  Would she hang quite as majestically?  It is easy to be seduced by “convenience” but let’s step back a moment and realize the impact it has on the grand scheme of things.

I think of tea and the advent of the tea bag.  To have a perfect cup of tea it is a timely process, it becomes almost a meditation.  If we were left with only low-grade tea bags filled with “tea” fannings our palettes would surely suffer.

I have an IPhone and a laptop however, to unplug I still go to bed at night with a real book on my bedside table and a good cup of slow brewed loose leaf tea……

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa jpg- see not the same

Good cup of chai tea

Good cup of chai tea

Good book

Good book

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4 responses

  1. I agree, something is lost with digital creations, but perhaps something else is gained? I definitely like the old-fashioned ways, ‘proper’ books with paper pages, hand-drawn artworks and tea made with leaves. However, I’m glad I can read type rather than handwriting, and I use teabags more often than leaf tea. I think the problem with technology now is that that things change so fast, you barely have the chance to get to grips with something like a mobile phone, when something else pops up to replace it, something apparently better which you feel you should be familiar with. I can understand the appeal of leaving society behind and going to live on an island with only the basic necessities, but I must admit that there are things I would miss. It’s hard to find a good balance.

  2. I once went to an exhibition of a contemporary artist who is doing beautiful paintings. However, one room showed what he had created using an app on his iPad. I found that a little disturbing, to be honest. Someone who’s so skilled with brush and paint? Hhmm.

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