jonnyd84
31 Washington, United States
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My self-summary
artist, professor, traveler, overcommitter, recovering journalist, 10-year resident of the district, and displaced Bostonian.
What I’m doing with my life
professionally: assistant professor of photography for a small university in baltimore

creatively: falling way behind in making new work

personally: fighting the debate between moving to baltimore or commuting from dc.
I’m really good at
photography, contemporary art, professing, cinematography, writing, enjoying the curveball of life and being myself.

i once worked as a copyeditor, and now relish in breaking the rules of grammar and style at every chance i get.
The first things people usually notice about me
My friends say I dress funny, but usually, it's just my trying to balance between looking like the artist I am and professor I want my students to believe I am.

I'm usually carrying a big coffee wherever I go... usually either Dunkin Donuts or some obsessively complicated pour-over thing. there's no middle ground for me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
my bookshelves are filled lots of pictures (I could probably open a book shop with my collection of art and photo books), anything concerning journalism, contemporary artistic practice or boston's irish mob connections. Honestly, I'm a fan of the non-fiction; the real world can be much more bizarre than anything you dream up.

i'm a sucker for the unique tactile sense of newsprint and ink.

According to itunes, my recent and/or top listens include: jeff buckley, radiohead, the slip, yeasayer, delta spirit, wilco, and james blake. revent vinyl acquisitions include: serge gainsbourg, debo band, jose gonzalez, zero 7, yo la tengo, chuck brown and the soul searchers, the clash, miles davis, talking heads/tom tom club.

now that I spend three hours of my life in my car everyday, so there's a lot of NPR happening

I'll eat almost anything, or at least try it. indian. middle eastern. japanese. thai. french. italian. even british. if I had to pick a favorite restaurant, there's this great lebanese place in shepherd's market in london...
The six things I could never do without
• friends & family
• music
• art and culture
• newspapers
• a camera
• notebooks and writing implements
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to reconcile conceptual artistic inspirations with realistic and practical visual communication.

my brain never learned how to turn off, so something's always on in the background: art, family, music, friends, travel, sports, memories, work, play, life, the death of print media, and everything in between.
On a typical Friday night I am
pick one, they're all equally likely:

• with my friends.
• in my studio working on new projects.
• at galleries/premieres/openings/etc.
• at one of the dive bars down the street from my apartment or studio.
• helping my best friend rebuild his hurricane-flooded moped. (update: it runs! need a new project now...)
• watching films.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
i was a member of a college fraternity.

i'm a minor perfectionist.

I'd rather commute than give up on dc and move to baltimore (ok, it's not such a secret...)
You should message me if
you want to help in my quests of getting back into tennis, homebrewing, and/or learning portuguese.

you can convince me to either
a) move to baltimore.
b) stay in dc and commute every day.

or really if you just want to say hi.
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