When asked what colour the word black or the word white has in this image, your mind gets in a twist, a state of cognitive dissonance. You see black where the answer should be white and v.v. Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. This discomfort is triggered by a situation in which a belief of a person clashes with new evidence perceived by that person. Wh…
October 20, 2013Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative”: 1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”) 2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”) 3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.) 4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”) 5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)
Quality of light, album created on June 13, 2014
When mastering photography there comes a time you must admit: for a good image you first have to recognise the light before trying to catch it.
Mindflash, album created on April 4, 2014
When you're at a scene, taking pictures with your camera, flashes cross your mind, registering people, behaviour, objects, light and atmosphere. Perhaps the idea how the final image should look is already growing. At home, when you are preparing that image, you may try to bring back those mindflashes. Ever wondered what triggered you, to take that picture? Can you bring back those mindflashes in your image, can you show them your viewers? It's all very personal, certainly if your image is hard t…
The Sunday Challenge, album created on September 16, 2015
Every week there is a new challenge. Results are welcome on sunday. Interesting enough the area that is least familiar is als the area that brings the biggest challenge.....