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

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 When seempli was first launched, I had a mission: to help anyone on the planet realize their creative potential. It is not a trivial mission to achieve, but four years later, I know now more than ever before that it is achievable. I know that because everywhere I look, I see people with so much potential starting realize what … Read More

From Exploration to Creation

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I love to observe. Observing, though it may sound passive, requires a lot of focus and energy. First, you need to overcome the natural tendency of your brain to gravitate toward immediate goals and toward the known and familiar. When you are walking to the office, for example, your mind is focused on getting to your destination. Everything else is, by default, less important. And then there are the modern distractions in the form of repeated notifications from our smart-devices — notifications that grant our mind immediate rewards, and gradually create a real, chemical addiction. So mindfully observing the world is far from being trivial. Exploring the world around you and seeing everything as the inspiration requires deliberate, repeated work until it becomes a habit. When seempli was launched, this was my first and immediate goal: to help people be more mindful and observant. I realized that this skill is essential if we wish to realize our creative potential. Observing the world was a lever to being more creative. And that’s why the basic seempli gameplay — the one captured in the Exploration Prism — was focused on observing and capturing what you find. As a photographer, the connection between … Read More

seempli Spots: Creative Playgrounds are Everywhere

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Today, I am excited to launch the latest addition to the seempli Platform: seempli Spots™. But instead of just telling you what seempli Spots are and how they fit into our creativity platform, please allow me to start with just how the concept for seempli Spots was conceived. Like many others, I spend a significant part of August with my family on vacation. The highlight of our vacation was a trip to London, which I hadn’t visited for far too long. If you follow Habit Zero and this blog, you already saw some of the insights from this trip. It was the best time ever, full of music, theatre, art, great food, and just wandering in the streets, exploring places, people, and unfamiliar things. For someone whose motto is “observe and explore,” these eight days were a feast of discoveries and insights. I took so many photos and notes I will need some time to process it all. Now, please don’t laugh, but with all these experiences in mind, one of the things I loved most in London was the Tube. From the iconic design of its map to its remarkable efficiency. From the variety of people you meet to … Read More

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

GOOD EVENING ROMFORD

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“Cover band? What do you want to be in a cover band for?” He tried to explain it dozens of times to his father. He just didn’t get it. When their van entered the empty driveway of the Brookside Theatre, he tried to explain it to himself. It was a small gig in a small town. It was more of a community center than a theatre. The hall was so small you could walk from door to stage in ten steps. 120 foldable chairs were arranged in ten rows. The ceiling was so low he could almost touch it. And the soundman came with the place. Backstage, which was more of a side-stage, he held a small mirror in his left hand, and carefully put on his makeup with the right. He heard the people starting to fill the small hall and dragging their chairs. In ten minutes his band will take the stage. When the audience is big enough, there’s energy in the air no-one can (or wants to) resist. With 120 people in a community center, you just cannot know how it will be like. These people are here because of their memories. He and his friends are … 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.