Daily Creativity #0018

Lidor WyssockyDaily Creativity

Every day we play with a creative challenge. What we create doesn’t have to be grand. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We aim to stretch our creative muscles, be playful, and have fun! Every day we take a little journey with some unexpected turns. That’s the beauty of creativity. If you just let it, it will fill you with wonder. The Challenge Our creative challenge today is made of the following set. If you are familiar with the creomondi building blocks, use the set to explore, imagine, and create. Alternatively, read how we played with it for inspiration first. The Playground We Will Explore The Seed We Will Use in our Exploration And We Are Aiming to Create… Let’s Also Add a Constraint… Let’s Play We are playing in the street today, looking for discoveries inspired by the Z Seed. Since we aim to create a Photo Series, the result of our creative exploration can be used directly as ingredients for the end result (but you can, of course, use your discoveries just as inspiration and create something from scratch in the second step of the play). During my creative exploration, I came across a building that is still … Read More

habit zero #155

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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 #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 #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

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

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

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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 #144

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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 #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

habit zero #137

Lidor WyssockyHabit Zero

one thing I observed   I met this cat while taking a walk with my son in Tel-Aviv. To be honest, I was not the one who saw it. I was hypnotized by the giant, colorful graffiti cat. I was so tuned into it, that I didn’t see anything else, let alone the tri-color cat standing in the entrance of the building. “Look at that cat,” my son said, and I was like “well, obviously, I am.” But then he pointed out the real cat, and I was so shocked that I managed to miss it, that he almost ran out of the frame before I managed to capture this photo. one thing I thought of   I love coincidences. Don’t we all? Our pattern-oriented brain feels rewarded when we witness such a surprising connection. It surprises our mind to find a pattern in the chaotic world surrounding us. But on another level, coincidences are created in our brain. It is our brain that makes the connection between two things that just happen to be in front of us at the same time. True, in some cases, the association is pretty apparent — just like these two cats. But in … Read More