A Brief History of Looking

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In 1687 Sir Isaac Newton published his Law of Universal Gravitation. Was it a result of the famous (even if not really recorded) event of an apple falling down from a tree he was sitting under, or was it a result of a long process of observing how objects, whether they are in space or on earth, behave? No one can really tell for sure. One thing is clear, though: no person on the face of the earth (at least no one we know of) could imagine a force such as gravity exists, although apples were freely falling from trees since the dawn of time.

Two Meters Apart

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Nine months ago my third child was born. My middle child was almost eight years old at the time, so I was quite unprepared to the amount of time I would spend… on the floor. The time we are spending together is spent either with him on my hands, or with me on the floor. And since my back is challenged as it is and for him there’s that much you can spend without “running” around , we both prefer the floor option.

Be an Inspiration

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“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”                                                                                                                                               Steven Spielberg No matter how old you are, you probably remember at least two school teachers: the best teacher you had, and (obviously) the worst one. I remember my high school literature teacher. I don’t remember any concrete piece of literature she taught us. I don’t remember any poem or any type of rhyming. I also didn’t do that well in literature. I used to think of myself more as a person of numbers and logic, and less of that fluffy stuff anyone can interpret freely. And yet, I remember my literature teacher as the best teacher I had.

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.