habit zero #150

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I love old buildings. Not the historical, well-preserved ones. I love the simple buildings nobody seems to care about — the unmaintained ones; the ones that show the signs of time and seem to hold the memories of the people who lived in them. This storefront hypnotized me. The combination of wood and metal, brown and blue, glass and a placeholder for glass — they all create an amazing composition which I personally could not come up with. It seems so arbitrary on the one hand, and carefully designed on the other. Later, when revisiting this Insight, I noticed a recurring element that I haven’t seen in real-time. I’ll give you a hint in the form of this Seed… one thing I thought of   Just like we discovered in the previous entry, a second look can be as powerful as our first Insight. Taking some time to carefully observe this storefront didn’t just enable me to appreciate the details I initially saw — it helped me to discover additional details, which made it even more full of wonder. Revisiting your Insights is a powerful enhancement to any creative exploration activity. one thing to go … Read More

habit zero #149

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   Most of the time, you have to be in the right mindset to see things differently. Often, it happens entirely inside your head: you see something, and your brain interprets it as something different or adds layers on top of it. There are times, however, when someone has already done all the work for us, and we just need to sit back and enjoy it. And this fantastic car is a perfect example of that. No one can ignore it. You don’t have “to see things differently” to enjoy it, because someone already turned it into something extraordinary. So, let’s take a minute to appreciate it. Look at the car carefully. Let yourself drown in these beautiful pink hearts. But wait… there’s something else there… one thing I thought of   So someone did all the work for us… but surprises are everywhere. Someone might create a heart-full car, but have you noticed the graffiti on the wall behind it? It’s a perfect match in terms of subject colors, s well as colors, and that’s just an amazing coincidence. And even if it is not a coincidence, this relationship between the car and the wall … Read More

habit zero #148

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   What is it you’re looking at, you might be wondering? Try to forget that for a second, and let yourself drown in this blue-greenish color and the mesmerizing geometric pattern. You might recognize this ceiling covering the entrance hall of the British Museum in London. I found it hypnotizing. I don’t know how (or if) to compare it to the real exhibits in the museum. But it was an eye candy that made me smile and imagine. one thing I thought of   We go to museums for the exhibits on display. But museums are often impressive buildings with irregular architecture and interior space design. Some spaces or elements within them can be fantastic to observe and explore. They might be great to get lost in. They might even be a work of art. Exploring the spaces between the formal exhibits is a fun exercise in shifting focus from the “main event” to something in the background, or something we didn’t intend to see. one thing to go   On your next museum visit, explore the spaces between the exhibits. Capture insights you find when observing them.  

habit zero #147

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I took this photo in the Natural History Museum in London, and it should be familiar enough to anyone who visited this overwhelming museum. This display, placed in the main hall of the museum, shows a collection of beetles and butterflies. Each of them might not be that unique or jaw-dropping by itself (especially when compared to other exhibits just a few steps away), but together, neatly arranged as they are, they are eye-catching. They become magical. one thing I thought of   When multiple instances of the same subject, or subjects from the same family, are displayed together, they become something new. Each specific item seems to become less relevant — they draw their power from the collection they are part of. At least until you become curious and start to explore the details of each subject — details you probably wouldn’t be attentive to if it weren’t for the impact of the collection. I experienced the same dynamics in another museum — the Tate Modern. In this series of photographs, Ed Ruscha focuses on swimming pool. If any of the photos had been displayed by itself, it would be a banal capture of … Read More

habit zero #146

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   So, obviously, getting lost was only the first of many Insights from my short time in London. Some of them don’t have anything to do with London, except that I found them there, and that I was more observant than usual. And the Insight above is an excellent example of that. I found this Spiderman hat in the Tower of London, and maybe this adds some nice background story to the Insight. But what caught my eye is the clash between the old and the modern, and between the seriousness of the place and the lightness of this hat. But above all, when you ignore the context, the background story, and the fact that this is just a hat, this frame just happen to look like a scene from a Spiderman movie. Can you imagine Spiderman escaping this chamber? Or maybe, this bright light is a portal to another dimension in the Spider-Verse? one thing I thought of   Take two totally unrelated objects and put them together in the same frame, and magic can happen. Somehow, the interaction (and sometimes tension) between two objects (or an object and a context) even if placed arbitrarily … Read More

habit zero #145

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I am on vacation in London, and this is a wonderful opportunity to explore a different scenery and not just see things differently, but literally see some stuff for the first time. So, I found this Origami building rising up above me. The diagonal straight line across it and the different angles on the front of the building create the illusion the building is a piece of paper which someone folded. I just love it, and I think it’s because this building doesn’t make an effort to stand out. It’s not the tallest and, on first look, it is also not the strangest, and still, it is unique, and I for one, could stare at it for quite a few minutes. one thing I thought of   If you are a follower of Habit Zero and seempli, you probably know one of our themes is the importance of getting lost. The ability to get lost and being surprised by what we perceive and sense is crucial to Creativity. When I am in my home country, in my city, getting lost is mostly about a mental mindset. It is challenging to really get lost in a … Read More

habit zero #144

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   Few things can be more visually satisfying than a contrast — a conflict between two visually distinct things. When I saw this plant with this striking background, I just had to stop and capture it. The contrast is spawned across multiple dimensions: the colors, the textures, and the life and apparent flow of the leaf vs. the stillness of the wall. All these different aspects create a tension between the leaf and its background, but it is such a tension you cannot take your eyes off. In a sense, these two subjects are a perfect match. one thing I thought of   Opposites often attract to each other. But sometimes contrasting concepts or objects become even more powerful by the presence of their counterparts. The contrasting object often enhances the features of the second one and makes its uniqueness more apparent. And isn’t that what being a perfect couple is all about? By looking for a contrast, or an opposite concept, we can discover something new about things we think we already know. The contrasting concept is acting as an amplifier to unexpected aspects which we might not initially notice. The same idea can be … Read More

habit zero #143

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I found this lovely street art near a grand parking lot in Tel-Aviv. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the artist name, but these amazingly simple abstract figures are practically scattered all around the southern parts of the city. Typically, they are much smaller, but this couple was seen from quite a distance. But it was only when I got closer that I saw the black motorcycle decorating the scene. It was a perfect addition to the frame. In fact, it added a kind of a background story to it. It gave the figures a new context. Are they lovers running away? Is one of them about to ride into the sunset, leaving the other behind? What do you think? one thing I thought of   It’s amazing how an ordinary detail — something you see or even use every day — can spice up an idea or something you are creating. The accidental (or intentional) addition of the motorcycle above, gave this artwork a new life and more than one possible new meanings. If it were replaced with a different object, the story would have changed. The same idea can be applied to areas other than … Read More

habit zero #142

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   one thing I thought of   One easy way to turn an everyday object to something more enigmatic, unusual, or just something that catches one’s attention is by duplicating it. Somehow, the simple act of placing two identical or nearly identical objects in the same frame makes us stop for a second and pay closer attention. And strangely enough, sometimes when you are facing a problem, and you are trying to come up with a creative solution, duplicating the problem opens up new possibilities and offers fresh perspectives. Sounds strange? Try it! one thing to go   Look around you for twin objects. Try placing familiar objects in pairs, in the same frame. Try duplicating a problem you are trying to solve and reflect on what this does to the solution space.  

habit zero #141

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I spotted this sea monster at the port of Jaffa, rising from within the waves, entirely invisible except for its white, ominous teethes. It was hiding in plain sight and once discovered, it did everything to assimilate itself again in the blue waves. I managed to capture it in this photo just seconds before she was gone forever…. or before I had to continue my walk… one thing I thought of   So many amazing things are hiding in plain sight. One way to discover them is to ignore their context — to block the bigger picture — and to let yourself drown in the details. By intentionally not seeing the placement of an object, its entire shape, and its context, it becomes much easier to see it differently and give it a new meaning — to create a different reality around it. The sea surrounding this monster was nothing more than a blue wooden table, and the monster’s mouth was, in fact, a broken piece of the table’s top surface. From a distance, even a relatively close range, it was nothing more than that. Only when zooming-in — when omitting any trace of the … Read More