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I’m huffing and puffing on the elliptical machine and the Chainsmokers#Selfie comes on to my Spotify’s radio channel.  Like the many times I’ve heard it in the past, I get pumped by the beat and the hilarious lyrics.

And then it hits me.  While this song makes fun of the narcissistic, valleygirl-esque attitudes of today’s club girls, it also reflects something wonderful that has happened over the past few years: our deeper appreciation and understanding of the aesthetic.

Remember the line: “Can you guys help me pick a filter? I don’t know if I should go with XX Pro or Valencia.”  Sure, the lyrics go on to say, “I want to look tan,” but that’s not the point.  What’s amazing is that the notion of filters and the names of them are part of our everyday vernacular!

When I was this age I never knew a thing about photography let alone the filters we could use.  Technology has opened our eyes and minds to how we can manipulate and create art.  We’re literally seeing differently.  And we’re just getting started.  Recently, I was introduced to a new application bought by Google, The Nik Collection. With it we can turn our everyday pics into extraordinary works of art.  Frankly, it’s a bit too complicated for me to master. But it’s out there for the world to use.

I can’t wait to see how the world becomes that much more appreciative of art. So bring on the selfies, the filters and the club girls — especially if it gets me moving my booty in the gym 😉

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