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 #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 #128

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the challenge   Today, we will focus on taking a closer look at things. Throughout our creative exploration, we aim to observe and see things differently. But when I say “take a close look” today, I mean it literally: throughout the day, our creative Insights should be based on a close-up view. When we look at things in close-up — in some sense we take them out of context — we see them differently by definition.

habit zero #057

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the challenge   Just in case you are following this open journal and wondering how I pick the Prism and the Seed every day, the answer is simple: it’s not me who pick them. I draw the Prism and the Seed (or Seeds) from the combinations generated by the Master Your Creativity channel. In other words, I am surprised by (and sometimes totally unprepared for) the challenge I am about to play with.

habit zero #033

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the challenge   I love this song by Suzanne Vega. And my love for it starts with its title. It’s enigmatic and sad, and it makes me wonder and imagine. Whether or not you know the song, this title makes a perfect Seed. So, today I will play with it and see if I can find small blue things. Here we go…

habit zero #028

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the challenge   The challenge in my creative exploration today is finding a night-inspired Insight in broad daylight. The Seed that will lead me today is the Starry Night Seed. And I am in a race against the clock: I must find an Insight before the sun sets.

habit zero #019

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

the challenge   Today we are about to play with a Maker Prism — a Prism challenging us not just to explore and capture but also to create something. If you feel the upcoming challenge is somewhat childish that’s great! One of the important things we are aiming for is to recreate the way we imagined and created as children.