Open Your Mind

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“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” I have a confession: I really hate riddles. Sometimes I solve them, and sometimes I just can’t. But I rarely enjoy the process. And the ones I hate most are the ones asking me to “think outside the box”.

All the Time in the World

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The average American spends, according to different estimations, somewhere between one year and five years of his life standing in lines. People in major US cities spend approximately 40 minutes a day waiting for public transit, which adds up to 150 hours a year. Millions of people around the world are walking in the city streets every day.

Food for Creativity

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Every creative process requires some input – some raw material. Nothing can be created from void. Any creation, any original thought, any dream, vision, hope, desire, and feeling is a product of hundreds, thousands, or millions of bits of information, experience, memories, things we saw, smelled, or touched. Our mind is a like a grand machine taking all this raw material, filtering it, disassembling it, reconstructing it again, until something new is created.

On Looking

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“We miss the world making itself available to be observed. And we miss the possibility of being surprised by what is hidden in plain sight right in front of us.”                – Alexandra Horowitz, On Looking Did you ever find yourself talking to a book you were reading? Yes, really talking to it while reading, sometimes even in public places. Well, it happened to me, more than once, while reading On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz.

Creative Boost for Photographers

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When people ask me what kind of a photographer I am, I find it hard to answer. I don’t like to define (or label) my artworks. So instead of defining my artworks, I describe what I love to do: I love wandering the streets just when the sun is rising, when the streets are almost empty and often the only sound I hear is the sound of my footsteps. The feeling is surreal, as if time is standing still. And if by any chance I find something I simply cannot ignore, everything becomes magical…

Let the Games Begin

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The past couple of weeks were as exciting as they were busy. The result is taking seempli to a whole new level. But let’s start from the beginning…

Forty Two

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“Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is that all you’ve got to show for seven and a half million years’ work?” “I checked it very thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”                                                                            ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy In a couple of hours I’ll turn 42 . Some might say this is a good time to reflect back. Some might say it’s a perfect time to look ahead. Both options are probably best done outside of this humble blog, but this might be a good opportunity to explain why (and how) seempli was created in the past year.

The Seempli Lenses

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By now seempli includes dozens of seeds, each can be used as a pair of glasses to see a unique detail or dimension of the world around us. Each of the seempli seeds is self-contained. There’s no particular order for using the seeds. Picking up a random seed has an element of surprise to it – it’s exciting and challenging. Picking up a random seed and not looking for a specific one, brings the real edge to improving your observational skills and creativity. But sometimes, you may want to focus on a particular level of observation. This is where the seempli lenses become useful.

The NoPhone

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What will you give to be able to disconnect (just for a while)? We are totally connected. At least most of us. We are always available, always updated, always being notified on something happening in some app on some device. At the same time we are totally disconnected… from the real world.

I’m Starting to Like This Place

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What happens when you ask kids to write down what they saw in a museum? Some pretty cool stuff! Kids are masters of observing. They see the most unexpected things, or the most trivial things we are already used to ignore. Their eyes are connected to their minds in the most profound way. Anything can be used as raw material for imagining, creating, or just thinking about the world around them.