David Vestal said:
"Compensating for lack of skill with technology is progress toward mediocrity. As technology advances, craftsmanship recedes. As technology increases our possibilities, we use them less resourcefully.
The one thing we've gained is spontaneity, which is useless without perception".

I always took those words to heart, and it showed that Vestal was a good thinker, going beyond the obvious and not just blindly accepting the norm.

I'm sorry to hear of his passing. A sad day for photography.