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

habit zero #140

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I found these floor tiles in an Italian restaurant, and I could not stop staring at them. In retrospect, I realized these tiles are not really hand-drawn. Maybe the patterns printed on them have initially been hand-made, but then they were scanned and replicated. But the first impression I had when seeing it (a feeling that lasted for long minutes) was that someone had actually painted these patterns, one by one, on the floor. Either way, the effect this design has created was astounding. It was so fresh and unique, just as you’d expect something created by hand would have. one thing I thought of   Mass production items dominate our life. Most of what we own is created replicated numerous times. As much as something seems original at first, it soon becomes boring just because we see so many replicas of it around us. But there’s more to it. Even if we own a truly unique item, chances are it is not really “ours.” We can relate to it, we can love it, but it is not part of us — we were not the ones who created it. How about changing that? How … Read More

habit zero #139

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   It’s common to find bicycles around the city. People are locking their bikes to practically anything. It is also not rare to find bicycle parts locked, like a wheel or the frame of the bikes. But this was the first time I saw not one but two wheels, placed one on top of the other, chained to a strange-looking wooden structure. They looked like they were there for a while, which made me wonder, why locking the two wheels (which are easier to carry than the frame) and where exactly is the frame. And this is when I started to imagine… one thing I thought of   Maybe these wheels are not part of a bicycle after all. Perhaps they are part of two unicycles. Imagine a strange couple riding on two unicycles, and then dismantling their wheels and locking them when they arrive at their destination. Are they acrobats? Maybe they leave in the smallest apartment and could not store two bicycles? Or perhaps they could not afford to buy two regular bikes? The things we observe make us wonder. And the combination of exploring something and wondering about it can lead to imagining … Read More

habit zero #138

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I’ll admit it: people who see me on the street are probably thinking I’m weird. Imagine someone stopping in the middle of the road, looking down, pulling out his smartphone and photographing what to most people is nothing more than misplaced garbage. Yep, pretty strange. But for me, these leftovers are often magical. This battered packaging caught my eyes because of how it clashes with its background in more than one way. The cardboard is light, while the asphalt it is placed on is black. The message it sends (apparently of a glamorous Italian design) clashes perfectly with the hard, dirty road, and with the tire marks decorating it. The perfect precision of the product the package was designed for conflicts with the imperfect shape of the cardboard after it met the hard reality of the street. one thing I thought of   Like coincidences, contradictions catches our eyes and the attention of our mind. When two things are the opposite of each other, they create contrast. And just like babies focus their attention on contrasting colors, our brain is tuned in to such anomalies. The tension created by contrasting things is the source of … Read More