How my smart phone brought art back into my life

I'll admit it, I was late to the game to get a smart phone. I liked living in quiet obscurity with no one calling or messaging me. But once I published my first book under my own indie publishing company, I kinda had no choice but to connect with the world. So all this is fine and good and to be expected, but what I didn't anticipate was just how much my little Samsung would bring art back into my life.

Each morning I wake up and go downstairs to make breakfast and check my phone. Sure, I'm checking my emails, Twitter, Facebook messages, etc., but I'm also enjoying the amazing photography and design of people I've never met who live all around the world. I don't use social media to gossip or snoop, I use it to be inspired by really amazing people and their art. Here are some people that I follow who have really interesting things to share. 

TUMBLR

bookriot:
a bookish site that offers inspired quotes, artistic book covers, and drawings and designs of literary characters.
mad-as-a-marine-biologist: incredible underwater images of plankton, jellyfish, whales, turtles, and scientific things. 
warnerarchive: beautiful black-and-white posters and still shots from Old Hollywood movie sets--think James Dean, Jean Kelly and Joan Crawford. 
earthcat: vivid photography of big cats in the wild, featuring lions, leopards, cheetahs, panthers, and cubs. 

PINTEREST

A few pinners with boards that feature beautiful design and graphic design work including fabrics, typography, packaging, and architecture.
ampersanddesign
wildchildw
michaeljsalter
 

INSTAGRAM

nomadisbeautiful: inspiring travel photography from a digital nomad couple working while travelling the world
jasonmpeterson: absolutely captivating black-and-white city photography
jmsuarez_: artistic photos of NYC, where buildings become the subject
chrisozer: lifestyle photography capturing the essence of the human spirit

So the next time someone says to you that you're spending too much time on your phone, tell them to poo poo because you're busy being inspired by art. 

Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of the newly released novel Stuck, which she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing.  

 

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