New Adventures

Lately, I’ve been trying a bunch of new things — everything from learning new software, to changing my eating habits.  Without change, you won’t be able to grow as a person.  

I’ve always considered myself a versatile person.  When I played High School baseball I was able to play multiple positions because my love for the game allowed me to understand what each position demanded.  Adapting has always come easy for me and now it’s really coming in handy.  I have my parents to thank for this because growing up an only child led me to become very curious.  My curiosity has stayed with me and has helped me find new passions and even my desired career path — Art Direction.  

I guess my whole point of this post is to not intimidated or afraid.  If you don’t know something, go learn it.  We live in a world where we can find nearly everything on the internet and the possibilities are truly endless.  I’m currently building my design portfolio and I still have a lot to learn, but words can’t express how excited I am.  

Below is my all-time favorite quote from Jim Jarmusch…  I hope you all are able to take something from it, as I’ve been living by it for the past few years.

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

As always, thank you for reading!  

DJ

http://www.derekjohnsonvisuals.com 

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Digital Age

It blows my mind to think what we’re capable of producing with present day technology.  We are only limited by our desire to learn and ambition to change the world by creating.  Ever since I bought my iPhone, it has revolutionized the way I do things and even view every day life.  I have become an avid Instagram user and the platform amazes me with the quality of images it produces.  The accessibility of email, the internet, and basically any app you could dream of is far too convenient, and at times even distracting!  

Although there are many pros to the Digital Age, there sure are a ton of cons.  It’s sad to think how dependent we are of technology and how it’s effecting us socially.  Recently, I was waiting in line at the local Post Office and a teenager was a few people behind me in line.  He had his head down, glued to his phone while holding a passport by his side.  Each time there woman at the desk finished with a customer she would ask, “Is there anyone with a passport?”.  I guess they attend to that need first, and this kid was clueless.  He wasn’t aware of their policy, and I was amused by his oblivion.  After five or six people had completed what they needed to do, it was his turn in line.  If he hadn’t had been on his phone so attentively, then he would have saved a good ten to fifteen minutes of waiting in line.  A key example of how technology may be distracting.  

Sure Social Media and building your network is great, but when you make that a priority over driving, it doesn’t fly with me.  Research has shown that driving while on your phone in any shape or form is more dangerous than driving drunk!  Often times I pass vehicles filled with people talking or looking down while driving and I can’t express how bad that irritates me.  Not only are you putting your life at risk, but others as well.  It’s time to be more responsible and conscious of our bad habits.  

Sorry for the rant!  Hope you’ve enjoyed it in some shape or form 🙂