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Foreign news correspondent Sune Engel Rasmussen (@suneengel) has his #EyesOn Afghanistan, a ...
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Foreign news correspondent Sune Engel Rasmussen (@suneengel) has his #EyesOn Afghanistan, a place he says is teeming with stories. “Afghanistan has, to some extent, dropped off the news radar,” he says. Sune is working to bring it back. Sune, who is Danish, arrived in Afghanistan in 2014 ... Foreign news correspondent Sune Engel Rasmussen (@suneengel) has his #EyesOn Afghanistan, a place he says is teeming with stories. “Afghanistan has, to some extent, dropped off the news radar,” he says. Sune is working to bring it back.
Sune, who is Danish, arrived in Afghanistan in 2014 after three years of living and working in Iran. “I knew the Persian language and had a great interest in the region,” he says. Though he lives in Kabul, he tries to travel to other parts of the country, such as Helmand Province, at least once a month to understand the conflict happening outside of the capital city. “Afghanistan is an immensely fascinating place to report from, and every day offers new surprises about the country,” he says. “Afghans are generous with their time and their stories, and I feel fortunate to be able to listen to them and to experience this country at a crucial time in its modern history.”
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Turning an emoji into a polymer clay mosaic is no easy feat, but artist Linda Webb (@creekside_studio) ...
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Turning an emoji into a polymer clay mosaic is no easy feat, but artist Linda Webb (@creekside_studio) made it happen with this little . “This photo makes me happy,” she says. “This particular emoji is always used to communicate a positive message.” #WHPISpyEmojis Photo by @creekside_studio Turning an emoji into a polymer clay mosaic is no easy feat, but artist Linda Webb (@creekside_studio) made it happen with this little 😻. “This photo makes me happy,” she says. “This particular emoji is always used to communicate a positive message.” #WHPISpyEmojis
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“If I could send one emoji to my dog, which one would it be?” asks Samuel Jurcic (@lookoflal), blowing ...
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“If I could send one emoji to my dog, which one would it be?” asks Samuel Jurcic (@lookoflal), blowing to his loyal friend Lal. #WHPISpyEmojis Photo by @lookoflal “If I could send one emoji to my dog, which one would it be?” asks Samuel Jurcic (@lookoflal), blowing 😘 to his loyal friend Lal. #WHPISpyEmojis
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As an architect, “I’m always looking for simple, minimal structures,” says Aida Rivero Díaz (@candyperfumeworld). ...
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As an architect, “I’m always looking for simple, minimal structures,” says Aida Rivero Díaz (@candyperfumeworld). “The fact that this is not a regular emoji made it harder to find!” ️ Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend's hashtag project, #WHPISpyEmojis. Photo ... As an architect, “I’m always looking for simple, minimal structures,” says Aida Rivero Díaz (@candyperfumeworld). “The fact that this is not a regular emoji made it harder to find!” Ⓜ️
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend's hashtag project, #WHPISpyEmojis.
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Many photographers seek out the light, but for Brooke Shaden (@brookeshaden), the most interesting ...
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Many photographers seek out the light, but for Brooke Shaden (@brookeshaden), the most interesting aspects of human nature are in the dark. “I see a lot of beauty in the things I find dark and scary,” says the Arizona-based fine art photographer. “I’ve always been a joyous person, and I find ... Many photographers seek out the light, but for Brooke Shaden (@brookeshaden), the most interesting aspects of human nature are in the dark. “I see a lot of beauty in the things I find dark and scary,” says the Arizona-based fine art photographer. “I’ve always been a joyous person, and I find that to be a little boring when you’re telling stories. I think that’s why I’m compelled to create dark imagery.”
And yet Brooke also shines light into dark corners with The Light Space, a school in India she co-founded to teach photography to survivors of human trafficking. “I was doing a workshop for women who had been kicked out on the street because they’d gotten too old. They were so shy, but when they got the cameras in their hands? I’ve never seen people laugh so hard,” she says. “I want to help people see beauty in the darkness in their lives. They’re going through hard times, but see the beauty in that.” Photo by @brookeshaden
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This little monkey-pup sees, hears and speaks no evil. <span class="emoji emoji1f648"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f649"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f64a"></span> #WHPISpyEmojis Photo by @danidlm
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This little monkey-pup sees, hears and speaks no evil. #WHPISpyEmojis Photo by @danidlm This little monkey-pup sees, hears and speaks no evil. 🙈🙉🙊 #WHPISpyEmojis
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<span class="emoji emoji1f300"></span> marks the spot. #WHPISpyEmojis Photo by @cdziadurski
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“When I saw my husband’s yellow T-shirt topped with Misha’s black-and-white socks in my laundry bin this morning, I immediately knew I had to do an emoji,” says art director Helga Stentzel (@made_by_helga). 🙂 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, ... “When I saw my husband’s yellow T-shirt topped with Misha’s black-and-white socks in my laundry bin this morning, I immediately knew I had to do an emoji,” says art director Helga Stentzel (@made_by_helga). 🙂
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPISpyEmojis.
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Cars, a microwave, bread — these are all items that professional doodler Sam Cox (@mrdoodle) has used as a canvas. In other words, nothing is safe from a doodle: “As long as it’s got a clear, blank surface, then I’ll draw on it,” says the 23-year-old from Kent, England. Sam regularly works at ... Cars, a microwave, bread — these are all items that professional doodler Sam Cox (@mrdoodle) has used as a canvas. In other words, nothing is safe from a doodle: “As long as it’s got a clear, blank surface, then I’ll draw on it,” says the 23-year-old from Kent, England. Sam regularly works at his craft as a freelance artist for 14 hours per day, during which time he runs through two pens. In addition, he fills a 100-page sketchbook with doodles every two weeks. “I want to take the whole idea of me living in a doodled world as far as I can,” he says. “Ultimately, it’d be amazing to have a whole town of doodles.”
Watch our Instagram story now to see how Sam’s doodles come to life.
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A young woman catches the camera’s eye in Japan. <span class="emoji emoji1f440"></span> #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @_kody3
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A young woman catches the camera’s eye in Japan. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @_kody3 A young woman catches the camera’s eye in Japan. 👀 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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From the outside looking in, this 1950s-era swimming pool complex caught Thorsten Fuchs’ (@forstentuchs) ...
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From the outside looking in, this 1950s-era swimming pool complex caught Thorsten Fuchs’ (@forstentuchs) eye on a sunny day in Germany. “It’s just a normal day at the pool, but the architecture makes it interesting.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @forstentuchs From the outside looking in, this 1950s-era swimming pool complex caught Thorsten Fuchs’ (@forstentuchs) eye on a sunny day in Germany. “It’s just a normal day at the pool, but the architecture makes it interesting.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @forstentuchs
Coming in for a landing. <span class="emoji emoji1f41d"></span> #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @kimako_
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Coming in for a landing. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @kimako_ Coming in for a landing. 🐝 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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It’s just another day at the beach for Tanya Michel (@thezenkitty) and her cat in the United Arab ...
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It’s just another day at the beach for Tanya Michel (@thezenkitty) and her cat in the United Arab Emirates. “It inspires me to watch my cats outdoors,” she says. “All their senses are alive as they take in everything around them.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @thezenkitty It’s just another day at the beach for Tanya Michel (@thezenkitty) and her cat in the United Arab Emirates. “It inspires me to watch my cats outdoors,” she says. “All their senses are alive as they take in everything around them.” 😺 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @thezenkitty
Sometimes it’s hard not to give a sideways glance. “I hope this makes people want to dive into the ...
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Sometimes it’s hard not to give a sideways glance. “I hope this makes people want to dive into the water,” says Jean Claude Luong (@fotomaniak) of this scene captured in the south of France. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @fotomaniak Sometimes it’s hard not to give a sideways glance. “I hope this makes people want to dive into the water,” says Jean Claude Luong (@fotomaniak) of this scene captured in the south of France. 💦 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) has many titles under her belt — actress, Miss World 2000 winner, ...
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Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) has many titles under her belt — actress, Miss World 2000 winner, philanthropist — but her original career aspirations had her heading toward a very different field altogether: “I was studying to be an aeronautical engineer,” she says. “But fate took ... Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) has many titles under her belt — actress, Miss World 2000 winner, philanthropist — but her original career aspirations had her heading toward a very different field altogether: “I was studying to be an aeronautical engineer,” she says. “But fate took me on another exciting journey!” Born in Jamshedpur, India, Priyanka lives “in a creative shuffle” between Mumbai and New York City, and despite her busy schedule, she still finds time for family and “long walks with my li’l doggie, Diana,” she says. “In my personal life, I am most proud that I’ve been able to take care of my family. Professionally, I want to keep challenging the status quo, and exploring all forms of my creative expression.” Photo by @priyankachopra
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Laundry swaying on the line caught the eye of Norwegian art teacher Ragnhild Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) for this #BoomerangOfTheWeek, captured on a road trip across a Greek island. “When I saw the clothesline, I decided to stop,” says Ragnhild. “I find clotheslines fascinating ... Laundry swaying on the line caught the eye of Norwegian art teacher Ragnhild Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) for this #BoomerangOfTheWeek, captured on a road trip across a Greek island. “When I saw the clothesline, I decided to stop,” says Ragnhild. “I find clotheslines fascinating — I think because they consist of composition rules like line, rhythm, repetition and movement.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang — yours might show up here on @instagram.
#Boomerang by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPISpyEmojis Start scanning your surroundings: The goal this weekend ...
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPISpyEmojis Start scanning your surroundings: The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that catch your favorite emojis hiding in plain sight — like this curious tree spotted by @nori_qoo in Japan. Whether you’re setting out to stumble upon an emoji ... Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPISpyEmojis
Start scanning your surroundings: The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that catch your favorite emojis hiding in plain sight — like this curious tree 👀 spotted by @nori_qoo in Japan. Whether you’re setting out to stumble upon an emoji look-alike or are inspired to create your own, here’s how to get started:
Keep an eye out for people or objects in unexpected places that resemble emojis, or ways that you can add more expression to a scene by creating real-world versions of your favorite emoji reaction, like 😍 or 😂.
Make your submission playful by showing emojis at an unexpected scale — like a teeny-tiny 🥑 made out of clay or a larger-than-life 🎈.
If you’re adding emojis to your stories this weekend, consider how to make them fun with tools like sticker pinning, and share your favorite creation to your feed!
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPISpyEmojis hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Featured photo by @nori_qoo
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Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Bacalao (@yogalgo), a shy, intelligent ...
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Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Bacalao (@yogalgo), a shy, intelligent and loving Galgo Español, or Spanish greyhound. She’s the star of a documentary film called “Yo Galgo,” made by her human Yeray López, which raises awareness about the overbreeding of this type ... Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Bacalao (@yogalgo), a shy, intelligent and loving Galgo Español, or Spanish greyhound. She’s the star of a documentary film called “Yo Galgo,” made by her human Yeray López, which raises awareness about the overbreeding of this type of dog for racing and hunting. Follow @yogalgo to see what Bacalao — and her adopted sister and couch mate, Tzatziki — are up to.
Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames.
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Bellerby & Co. Globemakers (@globemakers) is one of the only companies in the world still handcrafting ...
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Bellerby & Co. Globemakers (@globemakers) is one of the only companies in the world still handcrafting globes — everything from molding a perfect sphere to personalizing the maps to painting details — and they have no intention of stopping. “A globe is a true representation of the world,” ... Bellerby & Co. Globemakers (@globemakers) is one of the only companies in the world still handcrafting globes — everything from molding a perfect sphere to personalizing the maps to painting details — and they have no intention of stopping. “A globe is a true representation of the world,” says Jade Fenster, longtime partner in life and work of company founder Peter Bellerby. “A globe may inspire you to travel. It makes you understand where you belong on this amazing world. And sometimes, you might just reflect on its beauty and fragility.”
After learning how to make a globe for his father’s 80th birthday, Peter founded the company in his living room in 2008, and it has since grown to 20 cartographers, woodworkers, illustrators, engravers and painters in a former warehouse space in northern London. “Everything is bespoke, and using old-school methods means that each globe ends up being entirely unique,” says Jade. After placing an order, several months will pass before customers receive their globes — size options range in diameter from 9 to 50 inches (23 to 127 centimeters) — but the wait is always worth it. “It’s rare to be able to purchase something that is made just for you, and will always be one of a kind.” 🌍
Watch our Instagram story now to take a look inside the Bellerby & Co. studio.
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With a little bit of photo magic, Constantina Schmid-Mprigou (@focuscada) captures whimsical ...
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With a little bit of photo magic, Constantina Schmid-Mprigou (@focuscada) captures whimsical scenes of people, places and the natural world. “Even as a child, I liked to create stories. I could fill my books with drawings of my dream worlds,” says the Greek-born, Germany-based artist, ... With a little bit of photo magic, Constantina Schmid-Mprigou (@focuscada) captures whimsical scenes of people, places and the natural world. “Even as a child, I liked to create stories. I could fill my books with drawings of my dream worlds,” says the Greek-born, Germany-based artist, who aspires to tell unspoken stories in her fairy tale-esque images. “Everyone has a story, but not everyone likes to tell it.”
Constantina is particularly inspired by fog — she’s been known to wake her family up to take early morning trips into the woods to watch it roll across the landscape. “What could be better than enjoying a mystical, fog-covered forest with a warm coffee?”
Discover more stories from the German-speaking community on @instagramde.
Photo illustration by @focuscada
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“I don’t want to be known as the girl who was shot by the Taliban. I want to be a girl who struggled for ...
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“I don’t want to be known as the girl who was shot by the Taliban. I want to be a girl who struggled for her rights,” says Malala Yousafzai (@malalafund), an activist for girls’ education and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. After she survived an assassination attempt in 2012 ... “I don’t want to be known as the girl who was shot by the Taliban. I want to be a girl who struggled for her rights,” says Malala Yousafzai (@malalafund), an activist for girls’ education and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. After she survived an assassination attempt in 2012 on her way home from school in Pakistan, Malala went on to co-found the Malala Fund and travels the world in support of girls’ rights. “I know that my story has encouraged other girls to fight for their own education,” says Malala. “They inspire me to keep working every day.”
Malala, who turns 20 today, is spending her birthday in northern Iraq, visiting with girls who are refugees and internally displaced people. “In their young lives, they have all suffered horrible violence, fear and barriers to their education,” says Malala. “There is no overnight solution to girls’ education. But I plan to keep fighting for the next 20 years of my life.”
Watch our Instagram story now, featuring documentary photographer @malinfezehai, to celebrate Malala’s birthday with her new friends in Iraq.
Photo by @malinfezehai
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An almost-floating figure speeds through light and shadow in Boy Hardy’s (@boylagi) #WHPmultiply ...
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An almost-floating figure speeds through light and shadow in Boy Hardy’s (@boylagi) #WHPmultiply submission. Photo by @boylagi An almost-floating figure speeds through light and shadow in Boy Hardy’s (@boylagi) #WHPmultiply submission. 🏃
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Up, up, up for a drone’s-eye view of the colorful levels of this elementary school in Victor Cheng’s ...
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Up, up, up for a drone’s-eye view of the colorful levels of this elementary school in Victor Cheng’s (@veeceecheng) #WHPmultiply submission. “I often find myself photographing Hong Kong’s architecture,” he says. “I love the vibrant colors of this photograph.” Photo by @veeceecheng Up, up, up for a drone’s-eye view of the colorful levels of this elementary school in Victor Cheng’s (@veeceecheng) #WHPmultiply submission. “I often find myself photographing Hong Kong’s architecture,” he says. “I love the vibrant colors of this photograph.”
Photo by @veeceecheng
For Ernanda Putra (@ernandaputra) and his coworkers, downtime at work can be twice the fun. “When ...
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For Ernanda Putra (@ernandaputra) and his coworkers, downtime at work can be twice the fun. “When we have the right lighting in the right moment, we just create.” Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmultiply. Photo by @ernandaputra For Ernanda Putra (@ernandaputra) and his coworkers, downtime at work can be twice the fun. “When we have the right lighting in the right moment, we just create.” 🎈🎈
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmultiply.
Photo by @ernandaputra
Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) has a few important rituals before each big game — “most involve a pre-game ...
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Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) has a few important rituals before each big game — “most involve a pre-game meal, a fresh shower and getting my hair right” — and he’ll be indulging in them just the same before the Major League Baseball (@mlb) All-Star Game, which takes place this evening in Miami. ... Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) has a few important rituals before each big game — “most involve a pre-game meal, a fresh shower and getting my hair right” — and he’ll be indulging in them just the same before the Major League Baseball (@mlb) All-Star Game, which takes place this evening in Miami. “It’s an awesome feeling to be recognized,” says Bryce, a right fielder for the Washington Nationals, who at just 24 will be making his fifth All-Star Game appearance. Bryce is already proud of what he’s accomplished in the sport: “I’m really fortunate to have achieved my dream of playing in the big leagues.” ⚾️
Photo of @bharper3407 by @thepaulkim
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“Three’s company,” writes Andrew Kuttler (@andrewkuttler) in his caption. <span class="emoji emoji1f49a"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f49b"></span><span class="emoji emoji2764"></span>️ #WHPmultiply Photo ...
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“Three’s company,” writes Andrew Kuttler (@andrewkuttler) in his caption. ️ #WHPmultiply Photo by @andrewkuttler “Three’s company,” writes Andrew Kuttler (@andrewkuttler) in his caption. 💚💛❤️ #WHPmultiply
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One after the other, boys take the plunge into the waters of the Balearic Sea for #WHPmultiply. <span class="emoji emoji1f3ca"></span> Photo ...
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One after the other, boys take the plunge into the waters of the Balearic Sea for #WHPmultiply. Photo by @ztarekz One after the other, boys take the plunge into the waters of the Balearic Sea for #WHPmultiply. 🏊
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A shower of hats seems to fall from the sky in @mywitsend’s #WHPmultiply submission. <span class="emoji emoji1f3a9"></span> Follow along ...
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A shower of hats seems to fall from the sky in @mywitsend’s #WHPmultiply submission. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo illustration by @mywitsend A shower of hats seems to fall from the sky in @mywitsend’s #WHPmultiply submission. 🎩
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Photo illustration by @mywitsend
Glue, borax and food coloring came together to create the slime for Brenden Urick’s (@slimejellies) #myinstagramlogo. “This was one of my least time-consuming slimes to make — it only took 10 minutes,” says Florida-based Brenden, who began creating her own slimes at home after discovering ... Glue, borax and food coloring came together to create the slime for Brenden Urick’s (@slimejellies) #myinstagramlogo. “This was one of my least time-consuming slimes to make — it only took 10 minutes,” says Florida-based Brenden, who began creating her own slimes at home after discovering them on Instagram. “The medium of slime is a little odd and unconventional, but there’s something to be said for creating something and then being able to destroy it.”
Video by @slimejellies
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Samantha Heidinger (@catfriendo) creates her delicate cutouts with paper, a knife and a whole ...
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Samantha Heidinger (@catfriendo) creates her delicate cutouts with paper, a knife and a whole lot of patience at her home kitchen table. “Some of my bigger, more detailed pieces can take days,” says Samantha. “Earlier this year, I did a 9-inch by 9-inch [23-centimeter by 23-centimeter] ... Samantha Heidinger (@catfriendo) creates her delicate cutouts with paper, a knife and a whole lot of patience at her home kitchen table. “Some of my bigger, more detailed pieces can take days,” says Samantha. “Earlier this year, I did a 9-inch by 9-inch [23-centimeter by 23-centimeter] piece that clocked in at seven straight hours of cutting!” How does she pass the time? “I listen to a lot of podcasts.”
For Samantha, the western Canadian province of Alberta has always been home — she was born in Medicine Hat and moved to Calgary for university, then never left. “I absolutely love that Calgary is really close to the Rocky Mountains,” she says. “I’m so incredibly lucky to have a daily mountain viewing while I’m driving! That crazy visibility is a really neat part of living on the flat prairies. It’s absolutely breathtaking.”
Watch our Instagram story now to explore the art of papercutting with Samantha.
This story is a part of #🇨🇦❤️ a new series celebrating people all across Canada.
Photo by @catfriendo
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While visiting Japan’s Kusasenri prairie, Naomi Fujimoto (@naocan8) took this photo through ...
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While visiting Japan’s Kusasenri prairie, Naomi Fujimoto (@naocan8) took this photo through the fog. “I was inspired by the bonds between human and animal,” says Naomi. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @naocan8 While visiting Japan’s Kusasenri prairie, Naomi Fujimoto (@naocan8) took this photo through the fog. “I was inspired by the bonds between human and animal,” says Naomi. 🐴 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @naocan8
Architect and artist Cyril Lancelin (@town.and.concrete) designed this bubblegum-pink installation ...
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Architect and artist Cyril Lancelin (@town.and.concrete) designed this bubblegum-pink installation to look like “a magical place during an unreal night.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo illustration by @town.and.concrete Architect and artist Cyril Lancelin (@town.and.concrete) designed this bubblegum-pink installation to look like “a magical place during an unreal night.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo illustration by @town.and.concrete
On holiday with her husband on the Greek island of Kythira, Evangelia Kalogeraki (@getxomujer) ...
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On holiday with her husband on the Greek island of Kythira, Evangelia Kalogeraki (@getxomujer) jumped into the water in a sea cave to take this photo from below. “I love the sunbeams entering the water that make the bodies seem like they’re dancing.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @getxomujer On holiday with her husband on the Greek island of Kythira, Evangelia Kalogeraki (@getxomujer) jumped into the water in a sea cave to take this photo from below. “I love the sunbeams entering the water that make the bodies seem like they’re dancing.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @getxomujer
Bubbles and pugs — what could be better than this #BoomerangOfTheWeek by Maitri Mody (@honeyidressedthepug) with her pup, Ari? “On most weekends, Ari and I are out and about in London, exploring new neighborhoods and dressing up in coordinated outfits,” says Maitri. “This was taken in ... Bubbles and pugs — what could be better than this #BoomerangOfTheWeek by Maitri Mody (@honeyidressedthepug) with her pup, Ari? “On most weekends, Ari and I are out and about in London, exploring new neighborhoods and dressing up in coordinated outfits,” says Maitri. “This was taken in South Kensington, in one of our favorite spots with colorful doors and walls. It was the perfect setting to capture Ari’s reaction to bubbles. I was totally expecting him to start chasing them, but he just stood there and watched!” Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang — yours might show up here on @instagram.
#Boomerang by @honeyidressedthepug
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmultiply This weekend, the goal is to create photos and videos that ...
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmultiply This weekend, the goal is to create photos and videos that show duplicates of different people, places and things, like in this image by @yagazieemezi. Here are some tips to get you started: Keep your eyes peeled for repeating patterns, be it on clothing, ... Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmultiply
This weekend, the goal is to create photos and videos that show duplicates of different people, places and things, like in this image by @yagazieemezi. Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep your eyes peeled for repeating patterns, be it on clothing, in food or in nature. You might be surprised how many colors and shapes you find.
Use product tools to highlight duplicates — a dog digging holes in the sand in Rewind, a Boomerang of a friend juggling a handful of lemons or a Hyperlapse of office workers strolling by, all dressed in suits and carrying briefcases.
Create your own intentional scene of multiplicity. Try dressing friends and pets alike at home, or create a work of art with echoing themes and colors.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPmultiply hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Featured photo by @yagazieemezi
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“The first time I ever saw a drone, I knew that I wanted to have one,” says Renee Lusano (@wrenees), who uses her drone to photograph vast landscapes. “Drones really appeal to me because they’re a fun toy, but also a photographic tool. And as I started to travel more, I thought a drone would be ... “The first time I ever saw a drone, I knew that I wanted to have one,” says Renee Lusano (@wrenees), who uses her drone to photograph vast landscapes. “Drones really appeal to me because they’re a fun toy, but also a photographic tool. And as I started to travel more, I thought a drone would be a great way to experience, capture and photograph more on each of my trips.”
A freelance designer based in Los Angeles, Renee takes advantage of her flexible schedule to travel the world, visiting far-flung places like Antarctica, Easter Island and Siberia with her friends (and sometimes with a hot dog costume). “I don’t enjoy having a routine,” she says. “The days and weeks are more memorable when I’m having new experiences.” Renee began creating #dronies — selfies with a drone — that “first show a somewhat mundane photo of myself, and then as the drone flies up, it reveals that I’m in some expansive and incredibly beautiful place. Soon, you don’t even see me — it becomes not about the selfie, but about the scale of the environment I’m in.”
Watch our Instagram story now to check out a few dronies from Renee’s travels.
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For Hedi Gharrat (@h.rebel), creativity starts with setting the table. Inspired by books, history ...
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For Hedi Gharrat (@h.rebel), creativity starts with setting the table. Inspired by books, history and the far-flung places that she hopes to visit, Hedi creates delectable dreamlands from her home in Tehran, Iran, that burst with detail. “I don’t want the photos to be just about the food ... For Hedi Gharrat (@h.rebel), creativity starts with setting the table. Inspired by books, history and the far-flung places that she hopes to visit, Hedi creates delectable dreamlands from her home in Tehran, Iran, that burst with detail. “I don’t want the photos to be just about the food — I want every one of them to be like a little piece of a world,” she says. “From the background to the smallest piece in the photo, I try to harmonize the colors of everything with one another. I want the viewer’s eye to travel around the frame, finding little codes and details that I’ve put there.” A self-taught baker who studied computer science, Hedi can spend an entire day photographing a fantasy tea party or a vintage spread, which she hopes inspires others to pursue their creative passion. “No matter where you are, your imagination knows no boundaries — dream as loud and as bright as you can.”
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Hello, world! Here’s a special edition #WeeklyFluff coming at you for #internationalkissingday: Kingston (@hellokingston) the pup riding in his human’s dog-mobile. No matter where they’re going, Kingston and his friends always make time for a few kisses. Follow along with @hellokingston ... Hello, world! Here’s a special edition #WeeklyFluff coming at you for #internationalkissingday: Kingston (@hellokingston) the pup riding in his human’s dog-mobile. No matter where they’re going, Kingston and his friends always make time for a few kisses. Follow along with @hellokingston to see where he’s headed next. 🐶 😘
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Starting today, you can reply to stories with a photo or video. From selfies to Boomerangs, now you ...
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Starting today, you can reply to stories with a photo or video. From selfies to Boomerangs, now you can be even more fun and playful when you respond to friends. To reply with a photo or a video, tap the new camera button while you’re watching a story. You can use any creative tools in the camera, ... Starting today, you can reply to stories with a photo or video. From selfies to Boomerangs, now you can be even more fun and playful when you respond to friends.
To reply with a photo or a video, tap the new camera button while you’re watching a story. You can use any creative tools in the camera, including face filters, stickers and Rewind. Replies also include a sticker of the story that you can move around and resize.
When a friend replies to your story with a photo or a video, you’ll see it in your inbox. You can tap to view it and also see a sticker of the original story that’s only visible to you. As with disappearing photos and videos in Direct, your friends will know when you’ve taken a screenshot or replayed a reply.
Today’s update is just one of the ways we’re working to make Direct the best place to have fun, visual conversations with friends on Instagram.
To learn more about photo and video replies, visit help.instagram.com.
These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.28 and above for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
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Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova’s (@maria.svarbova) work focuses on the loneliness and ...
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Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova’s (@maria.svarbova) work focuses on the loneliness and isolation of modern life. “My images have something almost theatrical about them,” says Maria, who studied archaeology before turning to photography. “It’s as if the figures have slowed ... Slovakian photographer Maria Svarbova’s (@maria.svarbova) work focuses on the loneliness and isolation of modern life. “My images have something almost theatrical about them,” says Maria, who studied archaeology before turning to photography. “It’s as if the figures have slowed down their movement, and there is no frivolity in them at all. There is no emotion, no individuality in their stillness.”
Maria’s swimming pool series has been her most continuous body of work since she began taking photos professionally, and it has largely helped her to develop her style. “The sterility and beautiful geometry of these old swimming pools, which were mostly built in the communist era, set the tone for my photography,” says Maria. “I got my first spark of inspiration from my local pool, which is set in an 80-year-old building with dramatic architecture.” In these stark, retro-yet-futuristic images, “everything seems to be frozen — the swimmers are cool and calm, like the tiles of the pool.”
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This year, tennis player Andy Murray (@andymurray) is walking into his 12th Wimbledon tennis tournament ...
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This year, tennis player Andy Murray (@andymurray) is walking into his 12th Wimbledon tennis tournament (@wimbledon) as the defending champion and world’s top ranked player — but it hasn’t gone to his head. “It’s a great feeling, but my ranking isn’t something I focus on too much,” says ... This year, tennis player Andy Murray (@andymurray) is walking into his 12th Wimbledon tennis tournament (@wimbledon) as the defending champion and world’s top ranked player — but it hasn’t gone to his head. “It’s a great feeling, but my ranking isn’t something I focus on too much,” says Glasgow, Scotland-born Andy, who is the only British man to win more than one Wimbledon singles title since 1935. “But I love playing in front of a home crowd, and at Wimbledon I know they are always behind me from the minute the match starts.”
The tournament is held on the outdoor grass courts of the All England Club in southwest London, where it has taken place each year since 1877. “I love all the traditions of the championships,” says Andy. Players wearing all white clothing, the British royal family attending the matches, the all-night line to get day-of tickets into the matches — “all these are what make Wimbledon the unique tournament that it is,” he says. And as for choosing between a Pimm’s Cup or a bowl of strawberries and cream, for Andy, the answer is simple: “Strawberries and cream, always!” 🍓
Watch our Instagram story now to see the action at Wimbledon. 🎾
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“Most of my memories revolve around really good food,” says Esteban Castillo (@chicanoeats), ...
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“Most of my memories revolve around really good food,” says Esteban Castillo (@chicanoeats), the Southern California-based blogger and cook behind the bold colors and flavorful recipes of Chicano Eats. After growing up in Los Angeles in a Mexican-American family, Esteban studied graphic ... “Most of my memories revolve around really good food,” says Esteban Castillo (@chicanoeats), the Southern California-based blogger and cook behind the bold colors and flavorful recipes of Chicano Eats. After growing up in Los Angeles in a Mexican-American family, Esteban studied graphic design in college, a skill which prompted him to re-examine the way other Americans looked at Mexican food. “Here in the US, people think it’s just tacos and burritos, street food,” he says. Inspired by German-American artist Josef Albers’ work with monochromatic colors, Esteban began experimenting with placing his dishes — everything from Cara Cara orange mezcal sours to pulled pork sliders to coconut café de olla popsicles — against similarly colored backdrops. “By putting Mexican food in this minimalist, colorful setting, it just puts the spotlight on the food,” he says. While some of Esteban’s recipes are traditional Mexican, others are a fusion, a nod to both his heritage and his upbringing in one dish. “Honestly,” he says, “I can’t even distinguish between what’s Mexican and what’s American anymore.”
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The sun shines through Kouichi Chiba’s (@chibichibin) resin-coated illustration for #WHPsparkle. Photo ...
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The sun shines through Kouichi Chiba’s (@chibichibin) resin-coated illustration for #WHPsparkle. Photo by @chibichibin The sun shines through Kouichi Chiba’s (@chibichibin) resin-coated illustration for #WHPsparkle.
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It’s sparkler season. #WHPsparkle Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project. Video by @_nomadicmom It’s sparkler season. #WHPsparkle 🎇
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Twinkling fireflies add light to dark woods in this animated illustration by @jesuso_ortiz of Spain. #WHPsparkle Video by @jesuso_ortiz Twinkling fireflies add light to dark woods in this animated illustration by @jesuso_ortiz of Spain. #WHPsparkle
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@aravisdolmenna’s hand metamorphoses into an iridescent butterfly for #WHPsparkle. Photo ...
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“Rise and sparkle,” writes @dianrockmad in his caption for this photo of a forest in Java, Indonesia. ...
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“Rise and sparkle,” writes @dianrockmad in his caption for this photo of a forest in Java, Indonesia. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPsparkle. Photo by @dianrockmad “Rise and sparkle,” writes @dianrockmad in his caption for this photo of a forest in Java, Indonesia. ✨
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPsparkle.
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As a child growing up in western Pennsylvania, Paige Davis (@pythonpaige) was entranced by the ...
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As a child growing up in western Pennsylvania, Paige Davis (@pythonpaige) was entranced by the natural world. “I always knew I was going to work with animals when I grew up,” she says. “I just didn’t know what that work would be.” Years later, while earning a degree in wildlife and fisheries ... As a child growing up in western Pennsylvania, Paige Davis (@pythonpaige) was entranced by the natural world. “I always knew I was going to work with animals when I grew up,” she says. “I just didn’t know what that work would be.” Years later, while earning a degree in wildlife and fisheries science in college, she studied all sorts of creatures, but birds of prey sparked her passion. “I loved working with raptors,” Paige says. “I was hooked.”
Today, Paige and her colleagues at Missouri’s World Bird Sanctuary (@worldbirdsanctuary) share their knowledge of hawks, falcons, owls and other raptors with hundreds of thousands of children and adults each year. Bald eagles, while among the most popular with audiences, “are not the friendliest birds,” Paige admits. “They can be a bit ornery — but they’re truly magnificent.” (Two of the sanctuary’s bald eagles, Lewis and Clark, are the “official eagles” of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.)
“There’s a quote [by French conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau], ‘People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught,’” says Paige. “That’s basically why my job is important, and why I love it.”
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Since Trench (@acoustictrench) was a boy growing up in New England, he's always been drawn to music. “One of my earliest memories is playing the air guitar in the kitchen when the Beach Boys came on the radio,” he says. Fast forward 20 years, and Trench plays as many instruments — from the guitar ... Since Trench (@acoustictrench) was a boy growing up in New England, he's always been drawn to music. “One of my earliest memories is playing the air guitar in the kitchen when the Beach Boys came on the radio,” he says. Fast forward 20 years, and Trench plays as many instruments — from the guitar to the ukulele, harp to cello — and has an unlikely musical partner: his dog, Maple.
“I adopted her from a rescue shelter when she was a puppy,” says Trench, “And since then, she follows me everywhere. Whenever I play the guitar, she comes over and curls up next to me. I think the music comforts her.” As Trench began recording videos of himself playing, Maple naturally appeared in the background. “She's essentially become the face of my music,” he says. Maple even joins in on the jam sessions once in a while, tapping on a drum or a tambourine. “She's so smart and she picks up things really fast,” says Trench. “So I always have fun with her and see if she can join in.” 🐶 🎸
Watch our Instagram story now to hear some of Trench and Maple's favorite Fourth of July tunes. 🇺🇸
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“Fancy a swim under the moon?” writes Aurélie (@afadingsummer) in the caption for her photo of artist ...
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“Fancy a swim under the moon?” writes Aurélie (@afadingsummer) in the caption for her photo of artist Luke Jerram’s work, which is displayed in Rennes, France, through this weekend. “It’s a huge helium balloon with detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface,” she says. “It looks so real, ... “Fancy a swim under the moon?” writes Aurélie (@afadingsummer) in the caption for her photo of artist Luke Jerram’s work, which is displayed in Rennes, France, through this weekend. “It’s a huge helium balloon with detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface,” she says. “It looks so real, and even lights up at night. I love that you can see people swimming in the pool, indifferent to this big moon hanging above them.” 🌝 #TheWeekOnInstagram

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