Neodigital Art for the 21st century
Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence in the 1870s and 1880s. The name of the movement is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satiric review published in Le Charivari.
The word impressionism has continued to be used to describe a variety of art movements ever since. There have been post-impressionism, neo-impressionism and in the 21st century impressionism is still popular. These days to become a modern day Monet or Cezanne you don’t need paints, brushes or canvas. Many artists now upload the work to the Deviant Art website and many other web sites. Art is now digital (get used to it) and art galleries can go online; artists can display their work online for the world. You don’t need permission to be an artist from the curator of a dusty art gallery; art is being democratised. Art is now digitised and the new 21st century school of art is Neodigital and you can join. You have a computer or you wouldn’t be reading this and so all you need is a digital camera; some free software and an eye for an artistic image.
You will get some idea from the images on this page. We took these photographs with a digital camera and then with easy to use software they were digitally enhanced; cropped, coloured and generally edited. You do have to develop an eye for the type of image that will be appealing when it is finally uploaded to the internet. It isn’t always obvious what will appeal to people. I find taking photographs of the unusual from unusual angles, works. Everyone tends to point the camera and take a photograph; but sometimes taking the photograph from somewhere up high will give a different perspective and make for a more interesting picture.
The subject matter can be very interesting if you look around for the unusual; we found industrial or post industrial sites of interest last weekend. I have canals and railways that were built during the time of the industrial revolution in this area and so I look at those and then look for different views and lighting conditions. The photographs vary a lot depending on the seasons and whether there are leaves on the trees.
You should also become part of this school of art and try to make contact with other Neodigital Artists to exchange ideas and images. You can of course come back and read my blogs and there are images throughout my blogs and some on my website. I am finding a lot more people interested in Neodigital who were just interested in art or photography previously. I can actually see us having a more traditional exhibition with print outs in a art gallery at some time in the future and maybe Neodigital art will end up in the Tate one day. It is definitely more popular than some ‘modern’ schools of art that have been approved by the Tate.
If you are interested; upload some images to Facebook or some other site, then please do let me know. On Facebook you can add me and send me a message mentioning Neodigital Art.
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