The Transformation from Ancient Paintings to Present Day Photography

Through out history art has been a source of pure inspiration for people all over the world. From ancient times people have expressed themselves through painting, writing, and storytelling. Even though modern day technology has transformed the world in many ways, we all still enjoy and are inspired by these same art forms are ancestors enjoyed. In this post we will look at ancient forms of art have transitioned into the modern day tech that we all know and love.

Paintings to Images

Long before modern day cameras, painting was the only form to visually communicate an idea. It is estimated that the oldest paintings go back 40,000 years and are thought have been created by early humans referred to as Neanderthals. Of course this is all speculation but the point is the art of painting goes way back.

The very first photograph with a camera in 1826 was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce through heliography, followed by the first color photo in by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. This break through technology now made in possible to create a picture perfect image that would normally take hours or days to complete through painting which of course could never be as perfect as a photograph.

Why Painting Remained After Photography

Just as like a painting can never capture the perfection of a a photograph, a photographer can’t capture the feeling and emotion that a gifted painter can put into a masterpiece. Each art requires a lot of skill and talent to produce a remarkable result. While photography can get very technical with knowing what camera and lens set up to combine, lighting, angles, and post editing production, becoming a truly advanced painter has a steeper learning curve. Basically anybody can pick up a high end camera and produce decent if not stunning images with a little messing around and maybe a youtube search, but it’s very easy to spot a first time painter compared to an experienced pro. Painting is a skill that requires more time to develop skill and expertise which makes it still a very large market around the world.

Conclusion: Which is best for you?

If you are a person you like really quick results then photography is most likely a better choice, but if you like to really take you time on one project then the ancient art of painting from hand is for you. Either way these art forms are both here to stay for a very long time and will be enjoyed by future generations to come. The video below is a great look into the comparison of painting vs photographs.