habit zero #157

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Play with the Prism… Using this Seed… And create a… here’s a thought…   We all have visual leftovers — photos we took and didn’t find any use for. We rarely delete them, but we never meant to share them, post them, or add them to any album. Today we will use these visual leftovers as inspiration. The Recycle Bin game starts with a Seed that will help us find some hidden gem in our old, unused photos. The Seed we will use is Taste. Take a couple of minutes to go through your photo archive and look for a picture you can associate with Taste. Any association will do. The Seed is only here to help you focus on something to look for. The photo I found was taken in a small Italian restaurant. Although it doesn’t include any food, the connection to Taste, at least in my mind, was obvious. The second part of the challenge is to write a poem. The inspiration for the poem, as you might guess, should be the photo you have found. While you can also use the Seed for inspiration when writing the poetry, this is not required. The … Read More

habit zero #156

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Play with the Prism… Using this Seed… And create a… here’s a thought…   Our creativity challenge for today is to write a Haiku inspired by the Spring Seed. The Haiku we write should be based on creative exploration. So, the first step is to look around you for something reminding you of or something you associate with Spring. Take a photo of what you find, and then, write a Haiku inspired by that visual Insight. my insight   Flowers in a vase bringing nature to my home like spring they will fade now it is your turn… be creative!    

habit zero #155

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge Our challenge today is combined from a Prism, a Seed, and an Insight Type — the new building block we recently introduced. The In Straight Lines Prism challenges us to capture an Insight in which straight lines play a significant role. The Insight can take any form… but the random Insight Type I got was Sculpture. And the Seed — the trigger — I got was Cello, which, I have to admit, made the challenge easier this time because cello and straight lines really go naturally together. So, with this combined challenge in mind, I started to look for ideas… my Insight   I started by Googling photos of cellos for inspiration. Focusing on straight lines, I knew the strings will be the focus of whatever I’ll create. But among all the images I saw, I was drawn to those in which the cello was being played. It was tilted and the angles between the instrument and the musician and between the strings and the bow were fascinating. The next step was to decide how I am going to physically realize what I had in mind. I started to look around the house for things to play with. … Read More

habit zero #154

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   one thing I thought of   Creativity is based on our ability to see things differently, and seeing things differently is naturally associated with changing perspective. “Change your perspective” has become a motto, sometimes even a cliché, when asking people to be more creative, specifically in motivational talks and in personal development activities. The truth is that changing perspectives literally is indeed a way to see things differently — but it is only one way. Another effective way to do so — a way which is often ignored — is zooming in and out. Zooming in is means, in many cases, getting closer to what you are observing, such that its context becomes less and less apparent. By ignoring the context, your mind is free to fill the gap — the background story — with new, imaginary details. Zooming out is getting farther and allowing broader context to be part of what you observe. The new, broader context can also affect the meaning your mind gives to what you see. The face-like object I captured above is merely a detail I came across in the street. To see this detail differently and turn it into … Read More

habit zero #153

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I planned to start earlier, but it took me more time than I had expected to find a parking space. I had to drive to a nearby parking lot, and so I started my photo walk in a different spot than the one I had planned to. Then, when I began to walk, I found myself at a dead-end — a construction site I couldn’t cross. I had to walk back five minutes and start over, trying to find a place I could pass. In short, nothing was going as planned. Twenty minutes later, in a small street, I hadn’t visited for quite some time, I found this storefront, with nothing but a curtain, and no sign suggesting what products or services it offered. But one thing caught my attention apart from the colorful curtain: a black cat sitting in front of the door. It was guarding the entrance as if it is the only one who knows what goes on inside. I slowly pointed my camera and started to approach when the cat stood up. I thought I am going to lose the opportunity for a great capture, but then it stretched in a … Read More

habit zero #152

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I found this magical circle of light yesterday, during my walk in Tel-Aviv. Honestly, I don’t know how people can walk by it without stopping and staring. I find it mesmerizing. The spiral chain of lights that seems to be thoughtfully arranged clashes with the sloppy pieces of tape holding it in place. The bright circle looks like a source of light against the dark background. One might think this object is trivial — I find it enigmatic. A few minutes later, I found its counterpart. A perfect, clear circle through which the sky was apparent, surrounded by strange, fractal patterns of paint, or lack of it. one thing I thought of   When you become aware of something, like the first circle I found, your mind gets tuned into similar stimuli. But what seems like harmony, on the one hand, can embed surprising dimensions of tension in aspects where the two insights contradict each other. Looking at two similar things, side by side can reveal a lot about each of them. It is as if one emphasizes some traits of the other. The same applies when finding creative solutions to the challenges you have. … Read More

habit zero #151

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   Well, more than one actually… So, here I was waiting for my bus. The road was almost empty, which is unusual for that time of day. After 20 minutes, we realized that the road is blocked and the bus will not be arriving any time soon. Opportunity. I decided to walk to the nearest train station. It was dark, and I took a route I never did before. I decided it’s a perfect chance to have an experience. During the next 30 minutes, I found things I don’t usually see. An animated horse, the moon hiding behind a composition of metal bars, and the silhouette of a flag that came alive thanks to the wind. The streets were almost empty, and I took the memories of all these treasures with me. I got to the train and felt an urge to do something new with the things I have collected. I downloaded a video editing app and started to play with the pieces of the puzzle. one thing I thought of   Capturing short videos instead of still images opened up a new world for me. Honestly, I don’t think the result is good, and … Read More

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.