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The Embassy of Kindness (@theembassyofkindness) all started at an InstaMeet in Melbourne, Australia. ...
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The Embassy of Kindness (@theembassyofkindness) all started at an InstaMeet in Melbourne, Australia. Kanesan Nathan (@legojacker) and Amal Bleed (@toffyinc) led a photo walk around the city, documenting what kindness looked like with fellow, local Instagrammers. Then, they started ... The Embassy of Kindness (@theembassyofkindness) all started at an InstaMeet in Melbourne, Australia. Kanesan Nathan (@legojacker) and Amal Bleed (@toffyinc) led a photo walk around the city, documenting what kindness looked like with fellow, local Instagrammers. Then, they started talking to strangers. “Our very first portrait of kindness was a man called Philip. He was kind but he was skeptical about the power of kindness to change the world,” explains Kanesan. “We looked at each other and thought, ‘Challenge accepted.’” Today, through their portraiture and captions, The Embassy of Kindness seeks to exemplify how kindness can connect us all. “Any act, no matter how big or small, has the power to change a person’s life in a profound way,” says Amal. “It’s about celebrating our shared humanity.”
For this Worldwide InstaMeet ( #WWIM15❤), Kanesan will lead an event from Canberra, where he now lives, at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and Amal will host from Melbourne’s city center. Both InstaMeets encourage participants to start conversations about kindness and create portraits that have become the basis for The Embassy’s photo project.
@theembassyofkindness photos by @toffyinc and @legojacker
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“Yo what up! I’m Liza Koshy (@lizakoshy) and I’m just a little brown girl with big dreams in a big tree. ...
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“Yo what up! I’m Liza Koshy (@lizakoshy) and I’m just a little brown girl with big dreams in a big tree. One of those dreams has been to simply spread some good ol’ positivity. It’s been a blessing to spread it around online. I found an awesome community of people who have the same dad-joke humor, ... “Yo what up! I’m Liza Koshy (@lizakoshy) and I’m just a little brown girl with big dreams in a big tree. One of those dreams has been to simply spread some good ol’ positivity. It’s been a blessing to spread it around online. I found an awesome community of people who have the same dad-joke humor, same positive morals and appreciation for laughter. That’s a community I’m down to chill with. If I could take my 10.4 million followers out for pizza, I would ... (as long as one of them paid for it).
**Three more things I’m grateful for:**
🙌 @daviddobrik. My boyfriend, who’s a pretty cute inspiration of mine. He is the most positive, kind and cute (did I say that yet?) human being. You can follow him ... but he has a girlfriend.
🙌 @humansofny is incredibly real. It makes me tear up, and crack up. Anyone can appreciate how they spread stories, spread insight and spread kindness.
🙌 @charitywater puts a face to such an important cause. Giving and helping where you’re able to see the impact made across the world. It’s freaking beautiful.
If you could give a 🙌 to three Instagram accounts who support or inspire you, who would they be? Post using #🙌🙌🙌 for a chance to be featured on Instagram.
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Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. ...
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Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness. The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, Instagrammers ... Last September, we made a commitment to the community to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone. This year we will continue to act on that commitment and also focus on fostering kindness.
The first step is to celebrate the kindness our community is already known for. On March 25 and 26, Instagrammers will come together for Worldwide InstaMeet 15. Join an InstaMeet near you — or spread kindness by leaving an encouraging comment, giving an inspiring person a like or sharing a message of support with a friend.
As part of our goal to build a safe environment, we also have some updates to announce. Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video.
We also have developed a new, easy-to-use site where you can learn about keeping yourself safe on Instagram. Check out instagram-together.com for more information.
Our teams are focused on making Instagram a kind, welcoming place for everyone, and we’re just getting started.
Kevin Systrom
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Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Marry (@hamstermarry), a cute and curious hamster who hails ...
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Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Marry (@hamstermarry), a cute and curious hamster who hails from Thailand. Marry enjoys napping, playing around and, as you can see, the occasional joy ride. Follow @hamstermarry to ensure you never miss out on an adventure. Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is Marry (@hamstermarry), a cute and curious hamster who hails from Thailand. Marry enjoys napping, playing around and, as you can see, the occasional joy ride. Follow @hamstermarry to ensure you never miss out on an adventure.
Photographer Daniella Zalcman (@dzalcman) has her #EyesOn a stolen generation. Starting in the ...
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Photographer Daniella Zalcman (@dzalcman) has her #EyesOn a stolen generation. Starting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, indigenous children across the United States, Canada and Australia were taken from their families and placed in boarding schools in an effort to assimilate ... Photographer Daniella Zalcman (@dzalcman) has her #EyesOn a stolen generation. Starting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, indigenous children across the United States, Canada and Australia were taken from their families and placed in boarding schools in an effort to assimilate them into western culture — and to strip away their own. Phyllis Kitching (pictured), an Aboriginal Australian, recalls her childhood to Daniella. “No one could ever understand what I experienced,” Phyllis says. “I can describe it and you might understand my words, but you'll never understand what I lost in that place.”
Using portraits, artifacts, oral testimonies and composite images, Daniella explores the enduring legacy of these programs. “The story, at its core, is about memory and intergenerational trauma and how much that can affect not just a population and its cultural identity, but that of future generations as well,” she says.
Explore more of Daniella’s work on our Instagram story.
Photo of Phyllis Kitching by @dzalcman
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While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme ...
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While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinòs, Valle García (@valleklau) was struck by two thoughts. “We are alive, and we are still young,” she says. “These architects understood and accepted the cycle of life as a link between ... While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinòs, Valle García (@valleklau) was struck by two thoughts. “We are alive, and we are still young,” she says. “These architects understood and accepted the cycle of life as a link between past, present and future.” #WHPyoungatheart
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Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (@dvdprtto) fondest childhood ...
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Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (@dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with ... Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (@dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with him and look at the world from another point of view: on top.” #WHPyoungatheart
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“We should all enjoy the simple things in life, whatever our age,” says Marcelo García Calviño (@marchi3003), ...
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“We should all enjoy the simple things in life, whatever our age,” says Marcelo García Calviño (@marchi3003), who brought his best friend @veronarupes (whom he met through Instagram) to one of his favorite spots in Cabo de Home, Spain. “As soon as she saw that giant shell, she couldn’t resist ... “We should all enjoy the simple things in life, whatever our age,” says Marcelo García Calviño (@marchi3003), who brought his best friend @veronarupes (whom he met through Instagram) to one of his favorite spots in Cabo de Home, Spain. “As soon as she saw that giant shell, she couldn’t resist the temptation to climb through as if she were a child again.” #WHPyoungatheart
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If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, ...
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If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of @notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a #WWIM15 event where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s ... If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of @notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a #WWIM15❤ event where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s perfectly aligned with this Worldwide InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. “Everybody loves receiving flowers, and being the creative community we are, I believe that learning and making origami flowers with others will be a fun and unique opportunity,” says Hai. “It costs next to nothing, is very interactive and coincides with the coming of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo.” Hai is a big believer in the power of an InstaMeet, a gathering of people who come together to connect through shared experiences. “My favorite part is being able to meet wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion and sense of creativity and forming true friendships.”
Watch our Instagram story right now to see more.
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A simple reminder from Turtle Williams (@turtledove.a): You’re never too old to make a wish. #WHPyoungatheart Photo ...
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A simple reminder from Turtle Williams (@turtledove.a): You’re never too old to make a wish. #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @turtledove.a A simple reminder from Turtle Williams (@turtledove.a): You’re never too old to make a wish. #WHPyoungatheart
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With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (@picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a <span class="emoji emoji1f335"></span>party. ...
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With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (@picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a party. #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @picturingjuj With a few cleverly placed paper hats, Juj (@picturingjuj) creates a whimsical scene of a 🌵party. #WHPyoungatheart
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Spotted in the Philippines: Timothy Genesis (@thykopi) laughs as he and a friend are knocked down ...
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Spotted in the Philippines: Timothy Genesis (@thykopi) laughs as he and a friend are knocked down by a playful wave. #WHPyoungatheart Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @thykopi Spotted in the Philippines: Timothy Genesis (@thykopi) laughs as he and a friend are knocked down by a playful wave. #WHPyoungatheart
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project.
Photo by @thykopi
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March 20 marks Nowruz, the #PersianNewYear and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. ...
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March 20 marks Nowruz, the #PersianNewYear and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. For Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi (@majidsaeedi), the 13-day holiday marks some of his sweetest childhood memories, like family gatherings around tasty meals and sweet treats, ... March 20 marks Nowruz, the #PersianNewYear and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. For Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi (@majidsaeedi), the 13-day holiday marks some of his sweetest childhood memories, like family gatherings around tasty meals and sweet treats, participating in traditional ceremonies and picnicking outside on the final day. “It is a family holiday and spending a while with my family is the best memory that I have from Nowruz,” he says.
Photo by @majidsaeedi
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Flying at more than 220 miles (354 kilometers) per hour, Amelie Windel (@ams_w) has bigger things to worry about than a picture-perfect smile. “It’s a high-stress environment,” says 26-year-old Amelie, the youngest female aerobatic pilot in the UK. “One thing I want to change is how female ... Flying at more than 220 miles (354 kilometers) per hour, Amelie Windel (@ams_w) has bigger things to worry about than a picture-perfect smile. “It’s a high-stress environment,” says 26-year-old Amelie, the youngest female aerobatic pilot in the UK. “One thing I want to change is how female athletes are perceived — or any female in a typically male-dominated world.” Amelie doesn’t buy into the expectation that she should always be smiling ear to ear; her focus is on overcoming everyday obstacles and, of course, her time in the sky. “Aerobatics is ultimate 3-D freedom,” she says. “In a modern-day world, many women still face hardships due to their gender and feel like they can’t be themselves in day-to-day life. But when I’m in that cockpit, it’s just me. I’m completely in charge of what I’m doing.”
Check out our Instagram story to see more from Amelie in the sky. ✈️
This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.
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Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. ...
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Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting ... Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share.
After your live broadcast ends, tap Save in the upper right corner. You’ll only be able to save your video — not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions. After saving, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app.
We are excited by how our community is using live video to connect with their friends and followers in the moment. This is just the first of many improvements we’ll be making to live videos this year.
To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com.
These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.12 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
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Communities of pushpins, pencils and erasers at odds with each other, trees that hug all day — animation ...
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Communities of pushpins, pencils and erasers at odds with each other, trees that hug all day — animation director and writer Sean Charmatz (@sean_charmatz) breathes life into everyday sights. “The idea is that if you look close enough and take a moment to observe, you will see all of this,” ... Communities of pushpins, pencils and erasers at odds with each other, trees that hug all day — animation director and writer Sean Charmatz (@sean_charmatz) breathes life into everyday sights. “The idea is that if you look close enough and take a moment to observe, you will see all of this,” says Sean. “To me, there is magic in seeing a story that was already happening between objects. I feel the magic, so believe others will too.”
Growing up, Sean, now 36, was drawn to the characters and letters of graffiti in big cities like San Francisco and New York. Today, his work as an animation director and writer allows him to tap into that childhood joy and share it with others. “It means a lot to me that people enjoy the work and that it has changed the way they look at the world,” he says. “I want my account to be a place where everyone can feel creative and be inspired.”
Photo by @sean_charmatz
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A herd of deer wandering through the still-wintry countryside of Hokkaido, Japan, drew Hidetoshi ...
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A herd of deer wandering through the still-wintry countryside of Hokkaido, Japan, drew Hidetoshi Kikuchi’s (@hidetoshi_kikuchi) attention — and his drone, theirs. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @hidetoshi_kikuchi A herd of deer wandering through the still-wintry countryside of Hokkaido, Japan, drew Hidetoshi Kikuchi’s (@hidetoshi_kikuchi) attention — and his drone, theirs. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @hidetoshi_kikuchi
“I want to be an artist who builds confidence in my viewers and makes them feel a little less alone,” ...
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“I want to be an artist who builds confidence in my viewers and makes them feel a little less alone,” says Grace Miceli (@artbabygirl), who lives in New York City. “Someone who helps us to understand each other and ourselves. These animations are meant to explore the complicated space a young ... “I want to be an artist who builds confidence in my viewers and makes them feel a little less alone,” says Grace Miceli (@artbabygirl), who lives in New York City. “Someone who helps us to understand each other and ourselves. These animations are meant to explore the complicated space a young woman inhabits, where the objects and experiences that are pushed upon you are simultaneously looked down upon by the world around you.”
This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women.
Photos and videos by @artbabygirl
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“From a feminist standpoint, collaboration is essential to my practice, politically and artistically,” ...
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“From a feminist standpoint, collaboration is essential to my practice, politically and artistically,” says Madelyne Beckles (@bellhoox), an artist who lives in Montreal. “It will always make work stronger and ideas come off more potent when there are different people involved working ... “From a feminist standpoint, collaboration is essential to my practice, politically and artistically,” says Madelyne Beckles (@bellhoox), an artist who lives in Montreal. “It will always make work stronger and ideas come off more potent when there are different people involved working towards the same vision or goal. Also, to be real: you can’t do everything yourself! @petrafcollins and I met in grade nine and clicked right away. We’ve both evolved into different artists but love working together because we are such great friends and our difference lends itself well to each other’s practices.”
This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women.
Photos and videos by @bellhoox
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“My art practice is born out of working on my bedroom floor with whatever resources are accessible,” ...
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“My art practice is born out of working on my bedroom floor with whatever resources are accessible,” says Aleia Murawski (@aleia), an artist who lives in Chicago. “My art has been shown mostly within DIY women-led art spaces and projects. It is a much different framework than the art world ... “My art practice is born out of working on my bedroom floor with whatever resources are accessible,” says Aleia Murawski (@aleia), an artist who lives in Chicago. “My art has been shown mostly within DIY women-led art spaces and projects. It is a much different framework than the art world I studied in school. It is less about economy and more about forming relationships with other artists. I see this more and more: young artists starting projects to promote one another, to lift each other up and to create safe spaces and opportunities for each other.”
This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women.
Photos and videos by @aleia
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While visiting a church on Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona, Spain, a yellow object caught ...
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While visiting a church on Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona, Spain, a yellow object caught Alberto Fonta Reiriz’s (@fontarei) eye — a rotating platform, offering visitors 360-degree views out over the city, mountains and coastline. “I felt like I was flying over the city of Barcelona,” ... While visiting a church on Tibidabo mountain overlooking Barcelona, Spain, a yellow object caught Alberto Fonta Reiriz’s (@fontarei) eye — a rotating platform, offering visitors 360-degree views out over the city, mountains and coastline. “I felt like I was flying over the city of Barcelona,” says Alberto. #TheWeekOnInstagram
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For Akhwaf Habiburrahman (@akhwaf), an Indonesian photographer living in Germany, the unplanned ...
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For Akhwaf Habiburrahman (@akhwaf), an Indonesian photographer living in Germany, the unplanned photos are the best ones — like this one captured just before sunset from a skate park in Frankfurt, Germany. “The more spontaneous the shot, the better it is.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo ... For Akhwaf Habiburrahman (@akhwaf), an Indonesian photographer living in Germany, the unplanned photos are the best ones — like this one captured just before sunset from a skate park in Frankfurt, Germany. “The more spontaneous the shot, the better it is.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
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Imagine spending months carving, painting and working tirelessly to craft a giant, gravity-defying ...
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Imagine spending months carving, painting and working tirelessly to craft a giant, gravity-defying display of towering puppets — only to watch your creations stuffed with fireworks and burned to the ground. But there’s no sadness at Las Fallas (“the fires”), the yearly celebration in ... Imagine spending months carving, painting and working tirelessly to craft a giant, gravity-defying display of towering puppets — only to watch your creations stuffed with fireworks and burned to the ground. But there’s no sadness at Las Fallas (“the fires”), the yearly celebration in Spain that’s capped by sending hundreds of puppets off in a blaze of glory. “The meaning of burning fallas is based on burning everything bad in the year to start a new cycle,” says 25-year-old Iván Tortajada (@ivantortajada), an artist and illustrator who lives in Valencia, Spain, where the festival is held. “When you see them, the sacrifice of the whole year comes to mind. It makes your hair stand on end.” Iván has been attending Las Fallas since he was a baby and entered his first professional display in 2011. “From its conception, you know that it is ephemeral,” he says. “It makes you cry, but with happiness and emotion.”
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Our #BoomerangOfTheWeek from Leticia Ramos (@letizilla) takes us on a wild rainbow ride. Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. Our #BoomerangOfTheWeek from Leticia Ramos (@letizilla) takes us on a wild rainbow ride. 🌈
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram.
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPyoungatheart Age really is just a number. This weekend, head out ...
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPyoungatheart Age really is just a number. This weekend, head out into the world and capture playful, candid photos and videos showing how life is better when we keep a touch of whimsy in every day. Here’s how to get started: Turn the mundane into the magical ... Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPyoungatheart
Age really is just a number. This weekend, head out into the world and capture playful, candid photos and videos showing how life is better when we keep a touch of whimsy in every day.
Here’s how to get started:
Turn the mundane into the magical by observing daily scenes through the eyes of a child. Clouds become animals, the ground turns to lava and a cardboard box lets you travel through time.
Have you kept any mementos from your own childhood? Take a video, Boomerang or multi-post to show their presence and meaning.
Just grab your camera and be joyful. Be spontaneous. Be silly! We could all do with taking ourselves a little less seriously.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPyoungatheart 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 @halno
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Professional Irish dancer Tyler Schwartz (@tylerschwartzdance) loves to play off his crowd’s energy. “Irish dance is a rowdy, fun and high-energy dance form that usually involves a lot of audience participation,” says 25-year-old Tyler, who lives in Chicago. “When the audience is on ... Professional Irish dancer Tyler Schwartz (@tylerschwartzdance) loves to play off his crowd’s energy. “Irish dance is a rowdy, fun and high-energy dance form that usually involves a lot of audience participation,” says 25-year-old Tyler, who lives in Chicago. “When the audience is on the same wavelength as you, there is absolutely nothing like it!” After competing around the world for many years, Tyler now shares the stage, performing with his former opponents — he calls them some of his closest friends. This year, he has Saint Patrick’s Day off. “I’m planning on meeting up with a bunch of my old Irish dance friends to celebrate,” he says.
Today, we’re celebrating with Tyler’s skills. Watch our Instagram story to see some of his awe-inspiring choreography. ☘️
Video of Tyler and @missemilymacc by @tylerschwartzdance
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“I’ve celebrated this day in the past, but it’s different in Ireland,” says American expat Elizabeth ...
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“I’ve celebrated this day in the past, but it’s different in Ireland,” says American expat Elizabeth Lamb (@ebdeco) of Saint Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks aside, Elizabeth says it’s a time for friends and family. “The tradition here is to go to Mass in the morning, and after go watch the parade,” ... “I’ve celebrated this day in the past, but it’s different in Ireland,” says American expat Elizabeth Lamb (@ebdeco) of Saint Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks aside, Elizabeth says it’s a time for friends and family. “The tradition here is to go to Mass in the morning, and after go watch the parade,” she says, which is followed by meeting friends at the pub and listening to traditional Irish music.
After visiting Ireland as a teenager, Elizabeth returned to research her family history and wound up falling so in love with the country that four years ago, she moved into an old house on a sheep farm in Donegal, overlooking the North Atlantic. “The Irish landscapes, especially the rugged beauty of Donegal, are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen,” says Elizabeth. “I love the ever-changing light, the unspoiled raw beauty and the old stone walls, castles and cottages steeped in history.” Plus, she adds, “Where else can you find a crock of gold at the end of the rainbow?” 🍀
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The Giving Keys (@thegivingkeys) opens doors by employing people who are transitioning out of ...
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The Giving Keys (@thegivingkeys) opens doors by employing people who are transitioning out of homelessness. “Our goal is to have everyone feel unique, special and one-of-a-kind,” says actress and singer-songwriter Caitlin Crosby (@caitlincrosby), who founded the jewelry line nine ... The Giving Keys (@thegivingkeys) opens doors by employing people who are transitioning out of homelessness. “Our goal is to have everyone feel unique, special and one-of-a-kind,” says actress and singer-songwriter Caitlin Crosby (@caitlincrosby), who founded the jewelry line nine years ago. “I think that we might all feel like keys, sometimes; maybe we feel used, flawed, discarded. Each key reminds us that we can persevere and be resilient.”
Growing up in Los Angeles, Caitlin was disheartened by the large homeless population. “I always felt it was such an injustice, being in the backyard of one of the wealthiest cities,” she says. But she admits that figuring out how to help can feel overwhelming. “It seems so insurmountable. People get intimidated and don’t do anything. I encourage people to instead focus on the one — focus on the one person that you’re passing on the way to work. Focus on the one person that makes your heart jump a little bit with compassion.”
This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Alex Koszeghy’s (@alexkosz) commitment to ...
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Alex Koszeghy’s (@alexkosz) commitment to sparkle (and glitter) bursted out of struggle. “For the majority of my life, I really struggled with a lot of insecurities and self-esteem problems. These, along with my desire to be liked and ... University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Alex Koszeghy’s (@alexkosz) commitment to sparkle (and glitter) bursted out of struggle. “For the majority of my life, I really struggled with a lot of insecurities and self-esteem problems. These, along with my desire to be liked and accepted by others, led to me developing anorexia as a teenager — which I then struggled with for many years. Thankfully, I was able to push through and find recovery and freedom,” says Alex, now 23. “It is amazing how different life starts to become when you really love yourself. I have stopped trying to hide who I am and have just let the world see my sparkle!”
Last year, Alex attended a UNC Tar Heels game painted up in glitter for the first time. “I will never forget that day for as long as I live, and I realized that there was no going back. There is nothing that compares to the feeling of being covered in paint alongside other Heels cheering on the team!”
Check out @marchmadness’ Instagram story to see Alex and other college basketball fans gear up and support their teams.
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Born and raised in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, 23-year-old Eyerusalem Jiregna (@eyerusalem_a_jiregna) ...
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Born and raised in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, 23-year-old Eyerusalem Jiregna (@eyerusalem_a_jiregna) knows a thing or two about fast-paced environments. But she also hopes that her photographs might inspire people to pause and look — really look — at the visual wonders that ... Born and raised in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, 23-year-old Eyerusalem Jiregna (@eyerusalem_a_jiregna) knows a thing or two about fast-paced environments. But she also hopes that her photographs might inspire people to pause and look — really look — at the visual wonders that could be waiting around any corner. “I know that people have busy lives,” Eyerusalem says, “but when we’re rushing everywhere, we’re not seeing what’s around us. I want people to appreciate what’s in front of them, and I hope that my pictures can help make that happen.”
While she finds photographing people rewarding, Eyerusalem does find herself photographing women and girls more often than men. “Motherhood in Ethiopia is so significant, and the women here work so hard,” she says. “I want to try to share their stories through my photographs.”
Check out our Instagram story to learn more about Eyerusalem’s work.
This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.
Photos by @eyerusalem_a_jiregna
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In a small village just over an hour’s drive from Madrid, Sergio Castañera Gomez (@_casta_) and ...
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In a small village just over an hour’s drive from Madrid, Sergio Castañera Gomez (@_casta_) and his friends took a vintage SEAT 600 out for a spin. “I wanted to re-create a scene from another time,” says Sergio. #WHPtravelogue Photo by @_casta_ In a small village just over an hour’s drive from Madrid, Sergio Castañera Gomez (@_casta_) and his friends took a vintage SEAT 600 out for a spin. “I wanted to re-create a scene from another time,” says Sergio. #WHPtravelogue
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While traveling through Macau, Nepalese photographer and designer Jiwan Rana (@safaljiwan) ...
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While traveling through Macau, Nepalese photographer and designer Jiwan Rana (@safaljiwan) spotted this crowded residential building. “Architecture and travel are my inspirations,” he says of this perfect pair for #WHPtravelogue. Photo by @safaljiwan While traveling through Macau, Nepalese photographer and designer Jiwan Rana (@safaljiwan) spotted this crowded residential building. “Architecture and travel are my inspirations,” he says of this perfect pair for #WHPtravelogue.
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A road trip from his hometown of Sydney, Australia, prompted Pat Kay (@pat_kay) to create his #WHPtravelogue ...
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A road trip from his hometown of Sydney, Australia, prompted Pat Kay (@pat_kay) to create his #WHPtravelogue submission. “I was inspired by the vastness of the Stockton sand dunes and wanted people to experience the epic scale of this place with me.” Photo by @pat_kay A road trip from his hometown of Sydney, Australia, prompted Pat Kay (@pat_kay) to create his #WHPtravelogue submission. “I was inspired by the vastness of the Stockton sand dunes and wanted people to experience the epic scale of this place with me.”
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We’re heading out on the waves and under the sea with pro surfer Barron Mamiya (@barronmamiya). Check out our Instagram story to see some of Barron’s favorite spots in his hometown: Haleiwa, Hawaii. We’re heading out on the waves and under the sea with pro surfer Barron Mamiya (@barronmamiya). Check out our Instagram story to see some of Barron’s favorite spots in his hometown: Haleiwa, Hawaii. 🌊
Pittsburgh food stylist Quelcy Kogel (@withthegrains) has an insatiable sweet tooth and passion ...
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Pittsburgh food stylist Quelcy Kogel (@withthegrains) has an insatiable sweet tooth and passion for fresh food. “I remember visiting my grandparents on their farm and my grandmother was always in the kitchen preparing. One meal would be finished, and she’d be planning the next one — making ... Pittsburgh food stylist Quelcy Kogel (@withthegrains) has an insatiable sweet tooth and passion for fresh food. “I remember visiting my grandparents on their farm and my grandmother was always in the kitchen preparing. One meal would be finished, and she’d be planning the next one — making everything from scratch.” In college, Quelcy started paying attention to what she was eating, and that led her to studying seasonality and proper baking techniques.
Today, we’re celebrating #PiDay with Quelcy — who took on quite the project a few years back to celebrate. “I made little pies from all local ingredients and then delivered them to homes that had ‘314’ addresses,” she says of her creative concept. This year, she’s keeping it simple with one delicious apple pie.
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Counting the pelicans sitting on the lampposts along the Canning Bridge has become a daily ritual ...
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Counting the pelicans sitting on the lampposts along the Canning Bridge has become a daily ritual for Jo (@sayhellojo) during her commute in Perth, Australia. “The record stands at seven!” she writes in her caption. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPtravelogue. Photo ... Counting the pelicans sitting on the lampposts along the Canning Bridge has become a daily ritual for Jo (@sayhellojo) during her commute in Perth, Australia. “The record stands at seven!” she writes in her caption.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPtravelogue.
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“Home is where you are welcomed with smiling faces,” says Sezgi Olgaç (@sezgiolgac) of her “home ...
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“Home is where you are welcomed with smiling faces,” says Sezgi Olgaç (@sezgiolgac) of her “home away from home” on Turkey’s Cunda Island. #WHPtravelogue Photo by @sezgiolgac “Home is where you are welcomed with smiling faces,” says Sezgi Olgaç (@sezgiolgac) of her “home away from home” on Turkey’s Cunda Island. 🐶 #WHPtravelogue
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In Vivien Liu’s (@vdubl) #WHPtravelogue submission, a moody, serpentine road in China’s Hunan ...
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In Vivien Liu’s (@vdubl) #WHPtravelogue submission, a moody, serpentine road in China’s Hunan province kicks our wanderlust into overdrive. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s project. Photo by @vdubl In Vivien Liu’s (@vdubl) #WHPtravelogue submission, a moody, serpentine road in China’s Hunan province kicks our wanderlust into overdrive.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s project.
Photo by @vdubl
Photographers cite countless reasons for loving the craft, but few go as far as Monica Tiwari (@monicatiwari), ...
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Photographers cite countless reasons for loving the craft, but few go as far as Monica Tiwari (@monicatiwari), 28, who insists that taking pictures has made her a better person. “In general, I think I spend more time in my head than outside of it,” Monica says. “But when I started taking photographs, ... Photographers cite countless reasons for loving the craft, but few go as far as Monica Tiwari (@monicatiwari), 28, who insists that taking pictures has made her a better person. “In general, I think I spend more time in my head than outside of it,” Monica says. “But when I started taking photographs, I really started to notice the world around me. Before that, I never had much interest in travel. I preferred staying in my room — reading, writing, listening to music. Photography made me more aware of what’s happening outside of my own head.”
Currently, Monica is on the ground capturing #Holi celebrations. “In India, festivals denote important changes in the seasons, and their roots lie in our strong agricultural traditions,” she explains. “Holi marks the arrival of spring, and that is the sweetest note it holds for me. I love the all-encompassing cheer, the vibrant colors, the scent of spring, the forgetting and forgiving of old issues, the overall warm and welcoming spirit. It is just such a joyous time!”
Watch our Instagram story to follow along with Monica as she takes in the sights and sounds of Holi.
Photo by @monicatiwari
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Hello, world! It’s time for a prickly (but sweet!) dose of #WeeklyFluff. Lionel the hedgehog (@lionelthehog) ...
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Hello, world! It’s time for a prickly (but sweet!) dose of #WeeklyFluff. Lionel the hedgehog (@lionelthehog) hails from Charleston, South Carolina, where he loves spending time with his human and posing for playful photo shoots. Follow @lionelthehog to make sure you never miss a moment ... Hello, world! It’s time for a prickly (but sweet!) dose of #WeeklyFluff. Lionel the hedgehog (@lionelthehog) hails from Charleston, South Carolina, where he loves spending time with his human and posing for playful photo shoots. Follow @lionelthehog to make sure you never miss a moment with this little guy.
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Nigerian-American student and Black Lives Matter activist Ugochi Egonu (@ugochiegonu) believes ...
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Nigerian-American student and Black Lives Matter activist Ugochi Egonu (@ugochiegonu) believes that self-love is the most radical form of protest. “If we learn to see the beauty in things we’ve been told are flawed — in womanhood, in blackness, in queerness — it becomes so much easier to ... Nigerian-American student and Black Lives Matter activist Ugochi Egonu (@ugochiegonu) believes that self-love is the most radical form of protest. “If we learn to see the beauty in things we’ve been told are flawed — in womanhood, in blackness, in queerness — it becomes so much easier to fight for our rights and fight for other people who are struggling,” says the 17-year-old from Santa Clara, California. Ugochi combines art and activism in her poetry, seizing the opportunity to document and shape the Black Lives Matter movement. “We have the power to show future generations what’s happening now,” says Ugochi. “Whether it’s through art, academia, athleticism or whatever is your way of getting your message out, it’s so important to value your own voice.”
This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.
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As a psychology student, Thali Louise (@thalilouise) was quickly absorbed by this interspecies ...
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As a psychology student, Thali Louise (@thalilouise) was quickly absorbed by this interspecies encounter at her local park in Curitiba, Brazil. “Besides being one of the symbols of the city where I live, the capybara is not a very friendly animal. This time I saw an incredible scene: you ... As a psychology student, Thali Louise (@thalilouise) was quickly absorbed by this interspecies encounter at her local park in Curitiba, Brazil. “Besides being one of the symbols of the city where I live, the capybara is not a very friendly animal. This time I saw an incredible scene: you could say they became friends,” says the 21-year-old. “I like to remember that it’s possible to have any kind of friendship.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @thalilouise
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“It would be so cool to get slimed!” says 14-year-old Jacob Sartorius (@jacobsartorius), who is ...
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“It would be so cool to get slimed!” says 14-year-old Jacob Sartorius (@jacobsartorius), who is up for Favorite Viral Music Artist at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. He found out about his nomination while in rehearsals for his upcoming European tour. “I am just excited to be in ... “It would be so cool to get slimed!” says 14-year-old Jacob Sartorius (@jacobsartorius), who is up for Favorite Viral Music Artist at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. He found out about his nomination while in rehearsals for his upcoming European tour. “I am just excited to be in a room with so many artists I look up to,” he says of the big night.
Luckily, Jacob is taking us along for the ride. Watch our Instagram story to follow along as he gets ready and takes in the scene at the Kids’ Choice Awards.
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For Nastya Gooz (@nastyagooz), a setting sun reveals an extra layer of beauty in one of India's historic ...
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For Nastya Gooz (@nastyagooz), a setting sun reveals an extra layer of beauty in one of India's historic cities. “Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City because all of the buildings here were made with golden sandstone, is located in the Great Desert Thar and has a magnificent and mystic ... For Nastya Gooz (@nastyagooz), a setting sun reveals an extra layer of beauty in one of India's historic cities. “Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City because all of the buildings here were made with golden sandstone, is located in the Great Desert Thar and has a magnificent and mystic vibe,” says Nastya, who is passing through during a two month tour around the country. #TheWeekOnInstagram
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One of Svetlana’s (@istanbul.fragments) favorite local activities – riding the ferry across ...
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One of Svetlana’s (@istanbul.fragments) favorite local activities – riding the ferry across the Bosphorus — led her to this moment of found symmetry. “For just a few liras, you can go on a boat from one continent to another,” she says. “I like watching people on those ferries; they are all ... One of Svetlana’s (@istanbul.fragments) favorite local activities – riding the ferry across the Bosphorus — led her to this moment of found symmetry. “For just a few liras, you can go on a boat from one continent to another,” she says. “I like watching people on those ferries; they are all busy observing things around them.”
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.
Photo by @istanbul.fragments
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Emily Hinchcliff (@el_fotomat) from Philadelphia captured our #BoomerangOfTheWeek during her annual two-week trip to Guatemala. “I spend time each February photographing and thawing out from winter at different villages on the perimeter of Lake Atitlán,” she says. “What keeps calling ... Emily Hinchcliff (@el_fotomat) from Philadelphia captured our #BoomerangOfTheWeek during her annual two-week trip to Guatemala. “I spend time each February photographing and thawing out from winter at different villages on the perimeter of Lake Atitlán,” she says. “What keeps calling me back are the fishermen’s wooden canoes quietly cutting through the early morning fog atop the surface of Lake Atitlán, the warm light pouring through the tropical trees as I walk down the path to breakfast, the night blooming jasmine floating on the evening air and the genuine smiles of the kindhearted people I meet.”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram.
#Boomerang by @el_fotomat
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtravelogue The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that ...
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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtravelogue The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that re-create the experiences of traveling — like this multi-image post from Sam Vox’s (@sam.vox) journeys. “I’m the guy with the camera and notepad ready to learn about people,” says Sam, a photographer ... Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtravelogue
The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that re-create the experiences of traveling — like this multi-image post from Sam Vox’s (@sam.vox) journeys. “I’m the guy with the camera and notepad ready to learn about people,” says Sam, a photographer who travels throughout Tanzania. “When you talk to strangers you meet on the streets or on the train, some share the most touching stories, and you find yourself opening up as well to them, sharing your own life story in a way you never thought you would. That really teaches you a lot about yourself.”
Here’s how to get started:
Tasty specialties, lively characters or singular sights — whether you’re going far from home or just down the block, what do you connect with in a new place?
Observe the traveling that may be going on around you, like passengers boarding a ferry or a flock of birds migrating.
Combine multiple videos and photos in a single post to share the story of a weekend trip.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPtravelogue 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 photos by @sam.vox
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Today, we’re hanging out with K-pop stars Seventeen (@saythename_17) while they’re on tour in ...
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Today, we’re hanging out with K-pop stars Seventeen (@saythename_17) while they’re on tour in Japan. Check out our story now to go behind the scenes as they gear up for a big performance. Photo by @saythename_17 Today, we’re hanging out with K-pop stars Seventeen (@saythename_17) while they’re on tour in Japan. Check out our story now to go behind the scenes as they gear up for a big performance.
Photo by @saythename_17
“ #hellomynameis Mateus Aguiar (@mateusaguiarph). I’m 21 years old and I’m a photographer. I was ...
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“ #hellomynameis Mateus Aguiar (@mateusaguiarph). I’m 21 years old and I’m a photographer. I was born in Rio de Janeiro, but I currently live in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais. My interest in photography arose during a graphic design course where I worked on image editing. Later, I bought a camera ... “ #hellomynameis Mateus Aguiar (@mateusaguiarph). I’m 21 years old and I’m a photographer. I was born in Rio de Janeiro, but I currently live in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais. My interest in photography arose during a graphic design course where I worked on image editing. Later, I bought a camera and began to call friends to be photographed. Most of my work takes place in São Paulo, so I’m preparing to move there to reduce the amount of traveling I do. In São Paulo, I want to study studio lighting techniques and learn to use light better. What I like shooting most are fashion editorials — it’s something I always wanted to do. I try to express a youthful feeling in my photos — fashion photos with young people eating, skating and going about their daily lives — because that’s not something that you see a lot in the fashion scene here in Brazil. I’m inspired by films and TV series, and I really like the director Wes Anderson — his films have a great aesthetic!”
Discover more stories from Brazil on @instagrambrasil.
Photo of @jeyke by @mateusaguiarph
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For many people, the idea of a giant bug perched on their nose is the stuff of nightmares. But for Adrian Kozakiewicz (@insecthaus_adi), it’s a dream come true. “I want people to pay attention to the beauty of insects — their colors, shapes, the way they behave. These are amazing animals!” ... For many people, the idea of a giant bug perched on their nose is the stuff of nightmares. But for Adrian Kozakiewicz (@insecthaus_adi), it’s a dream come true. “I want people to pay attention to the beauty of insects — their colors, shapes, the way they behave. These are amazing animals!” Born in Poland, Adrian moved to Germany when he was 12 and discovered tropical insects in a pet store. Now 20 years old, Adrian travels to the rainforests and jungles of Southeast Asia multiple times a year on insect-hunting expeditions. He has more than 70 species in his collection, making him one of the largest insect breeders in Europe. “My favorite is a very big and very rare mantis species from Malaysia called Toxodera beieri,” or the Dragon Mantis, says Adrian, who specializes in praying mantises. “She’s the queen of all the mantis species.” As for those nightmares? Adrian understands. “Most of my species are very large and look like aliens,” he says. “It’s natural for people to be afraid of animals they don’t know.”
Watch our Instagram story to get better acquainted with Adrian’s insect collection.
Video by @insecthaus_adi
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