Make no mistake. We are living through a revolution.

Ben Hammersley (Instagram: @DreamCartel)

Make no mistake. We are living through a revolution. It doesn’t take a sci-fi writer to see the dark side of our current reality, but the world is no darker now than before. Rather the darkness is finally coming to light. No longer can parts of our humanity be hidden in the shadows. We see it all now, and it’s all going to change.

We live in a time where we can express ourselves freely and instantly. We are now more than ever aware what is going on in the world. In minutes we can be an eyewitness to any event, anywhere- And we look not just through one set of eyes, but through them all. The truth is at our fingertips and we are only beginning to discover our power.

I am beyond grateful to be a part of this connected generation. As an artist, my life is focused on connection. What it means to connect is being redefined by the digital revolution and I couldn’t imagine a more exciting time to be alive. As George Lucas said, “Technology keeps moving forward, which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.”

Art is about feeling, oneness, and connection, and the digital revolution has given rise to a world of new art and new artists. Our deepest connections are no longer bound by locality. There is not a corner we can turn without someone itching to connect with us. Many of us wish to pursue something greater than ourselves; we wish to create something of lasting beauty, and that is no easy task to do alone. But today, we are never alone. No matter your passion, your skill level, your language, your dreams, or your fantasies, there are people who share in this love. Everywhere, there are people eager to grow and connect with like minds, and those not afraid to do it over the web are growing like wild fire.

While technology has proven no substitute for personal relationships, there is no doubt in my mind that it has enhanced them. With every new day comes some new way to connect with people and form bonds of trust and friendship. Across the world knowledge is being shared, and every quirky, insightful, or hilarious bit of information is growing.

Welcome to the explosion of subcultures.

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