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With perfectly synced gazes, it’s clear Helena Moore (@helena.moore) and her feline Curtis go together. “He matches all my clothes and our home décor and never shies away from a photo,” writes Helen in her caption.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from this weekend’s hashtag project #WHPfamilypet.
#Boomerang by @helena.moore

In Zuzka Kubíková’s (@zuzkam3) home, it’s her hamster’s prerogative to choose where he eats his meals. Here, Edo dines — and blends in with — Zuzka’s latest craft project, handmade pompoms. #WHPfamilypet
Photo by @zuzkam3

A boy sandwiched by two cuddly dogs — this feeling of friendship was captured by Kaushal Parikh (@kaushalpar).
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from this weekend’s hashtag project #WHPfamilypet.
Photo by @kaushalpar

Calligrapher Jose Gil Quílez’s (@josegilq) pen is mesmerizing, gliding over the page to write elegant, swooping words — Sunrise, Hustle, Lovely. “Writing relaxes me,” says Jose, a Madrid-based artist and designer. “With my videos, I hope to convey that same feeling.” Jose had a photographic memory as a child and would draw scenes from his life in a notebook he constantly carried with him. He especially liked drawing portraits, and would often note the subject’s name next to the image — a habit that eventually turned into a hand-lettering and design career. “It’s much more fun than spending hours looking for the right font on the computer,” he says. Being a freelancer can be trying, but Jose feels lucky to have turned his art into a successful business. “It requires constant work and innovation,” he says, “but you can make a little idea into your way of life.” #NationalHandwritingDay #MadeToCreate
Video by @josegilq

Elevated at 14,692 feet (4,478 meters), Leo Thomas (@theolator) captures the splendor of the Matterhorn, a mountain of the alps, during his first time visiting the peak. “At that moment, everything just lined up perfectly for us,” says Leo. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @theolator

That’s one happy golden retriever. 🐶👅 We’re guessing @mambohitsgolden and friends didn’t sit still for long, but we’re glad to have this moment from a São Paulo dog park. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @mambohitsgolden

Wayne Skivington’s (@wayne_skiv04) four-year-old son Rowan doesn’t need a jungle gym — he has a Cirque du Soleil acrobat for a dad. “The other day I was doing a handstand and he climbed onto me. He crawls up on my shoulders and crosses his legs,” says the 29-year-old dad and gymnast who lives in Las Vegas. “Sometimes he grabs my hair. It’s his saddle!”
Juggling a demanding work and exercise schedule when his son was born, Wayne built a home gym in order to spend more time with his family. Rowan would crawl in to watch his father, so it was only a matter of time before Wayne became his son’s very own special monkey bars. “What I do is lift people. Feeling and balancing Rowan, we connect in a way other than talking,” Wayne says. “As a kid, you sit on your dad’s shoulders and you remember that forever. Our bond is a little bit more.”
Video by @wayne_skiv04

Maestro, please! 🎹 Ukrainian basketball freestyler (and part-time model) Anatoliy Lutytskyi (@anatoliystun) may not technically be able to play the black and white keys, but that didn’t stop him from creating our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. This dramatic loop from the 24-year-old came to life in a single take.
#Boomerang by @anatoliystun

In Puebla, Mexico, Rodrigo Villanueva Carmona (@rodrigopinanueva) dramatically fills the space during #emptymuseoamparo. Being greeted with smiles and hugs by fellow Instagrammers was one of the best ways to start this new year, says Rodrigo. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @rodrigopinanueva

“When meeting wild animals, I always feel gifted to be able to capture such sincere moments,” says Valérie Derome-Massé (@valerie_deromemasse), a photographer and aspiring architect in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. “This particular encounter with this bird made me feel instantly at peace,” she says. “When you’re photographing a moving animal, finally getting the perfect shot makes for an unspeakable feeling of satisfaction.”
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.
Photo by @valerie_deromemasse

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfamilypet
The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by a favorite pet.
Here’s how to get started:
What makes your furry (or feathered or scaly) subject special? Highlight their personality through a unique trick or physical trait or how they fit in as a member of your family.
Tell a story from your animal’s point of view, like a video that follows a day in their life or a Boomerang that captures the pure joy of catching a Frisbee.
If you don’t have a pet, or want to find alternative sources of inspiration, consider other animal encounters, like feeding birds in the morning from your porch or crossing paths with a deer on your lawn.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfamilypet 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 @penguinthemagpie

Since Thomas Jefferson’s time, the United States Marine Band has provided the soundtrack to the presidential inauguration. Pancho Bernasconi (@floodthezone) photographed Lt. Col. Jason Fettig leading the band in rehearsals.
This weekend, Pancho is on the ground, covering the transition of power from Barack Obama (@barackobama) to Donald Trump (@realdonaldtrump) in Washington, DC.
Photo by @floodthezone

Caroline Nguyen (@tit3.viet) is proof you don’t need a ton of space to be creative — she makes the majority of her self-portraits from her bedroom, drawing inspiration from her everyday life and a passion for Japanese manga culture. “I really like this style,” says 23-year-old Caroline, who lives in France. In many of her posts, she shares supportive words, inviting people to overcome their struggles and hang-ups. “Very often, I base my work on my own experience. I also sometimes write fictional stories about subjects that are more or less taboo that might affect my readers: young parents, lust, racism, anorexia, bulimia and much more,” says Caroline, who has built an active community on her profile. “It’s satisfying to like what you do, but it’s even more satisfying when it’s appreciated by others. I love this interaction and the fact that you can feel close in spite of differences in age, origins, cultures and the distance separating us.”
Discover more stories from the French-speaking community on @instagramfr.
Photo by @tit3.viet

Surrounded by the wild flora of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Lucy Hearn and Lily Daley (@peachesandkeen) describe their workshop spot as a forest paradise. For the past seven years, the best friends have created nature-inspired jewelry and colorful art constructed from foraged plants. These “botanical calamity artworks” are constructed completely by hand, without any computer editing. “Sometimes they take hours to create as we source and arrange each individual detail,” the women explain. “And then they are gone with a gust of wind!”
Both Lucy and Lily are moms, but their work remains a focus plus an artistic outlet outside of their everyday lives. In one caption Lucy and Lily suggest another name for the children — “interns in training.”
Watch our Instagram story to see the duo put together one of their foraged works of art. 🍃
Photo by @peachesandkeen

A pastel sunset paints the water pink in this scene captured by Concha García (@concha__ga) for #WHPfollowthelight.
Photo by @concha__ga

“I wanted to create a world with rainbows,” says Jhonatas Silva (@jhows_) of his Boomerang submission to last weekend’s hashtag project #WHPfollowthelight.
#Boomerang by @jhows_

For #WHPfollowthelight, photographer Rohit Vohra (@rohit_apf) captured the play of shadow and light on the streets of Varanasi, India.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to the project this week.
Photo by @rohit_apf

For most of the last decade, fourth-generation photojournalist Giulio Di Sturco (@giuliodisturco) has been based in Thailand and India with his #EyesOn humanity’s resilience and adaptation in the face of environmental adversity. “I’m interested in documenting how climate change and technology are shaping the life of the new generation,” says Giulio. He’s documented a variety of topics like the effect of pollution on the Ganges River and issues surrounding gender in Thailand, but his work in Asia ponders large, global questions: “What is the solution we are looking for? What are we doing to progress our society? What does the future look like?”
Photo by @giuliodisturco

Journalist Hasan ilkay Özduman (@hasanilkay) found light beams penetrating a dome in Sille, a small Turkish village.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPfollowthelight this week.
Photo by @hasanilkay

For last weekend’s hashtag project, Aisha (@alleph_) captured a striped ceiling pattern, emitted by a glowing chandelier, and captured the photo with the Rumi quote: “Both light and shadow are the dance of love.” #WHPfollowthelight
Photo by @alleph_

Blinded by the light 💥
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPfollowthelight.
Photo by @tadbitwacko

Hello, world! It’s time for a frisky dose of #WeeklyFluff. Meet Gizmo — one of the kitties who got a second chance at finding a fur-ever home thanks to Sheila (@love2foster). 😻 Gizmo lives with a number of rescued brothers and sisters in Oregon and (as you can see!) doesn’t give up easily.
Follow @love2foster to ensure constant cat power in your feed.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This is one of artist and writer Kadir Nelson’s (@kadirnelson) favorite quotes from the American civil rights leader, whose birthday is celebrated on January 16. “I admire Dr. King’s faith in his beliefs and willingness to demonstrate the powerful example of intelligence, spiritual tenacity and hard work,” says Kadir, who is based in Los Angeles. “Individuals like Dr. King, who embrace their inner hero, are recurring subjects in my work. He, and all of those who fought against social injustice, paved a way for creative people like myself who stand on their shoulders — and are now free to express ourselves creatively in fields that were not as open as they are today.” #MLKDay
Art by @kadirnelson for @newyorkermag

The good times keep rolling atop this snow-covered hill in Berlin. “After my daughter’s midday nap, we went to that spot and had our very first sled session together,” says Markus Braumann (@markusbraumann). #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @markusbraumann

Fog as far as the eye can see. David Afandi (@maspeot) shares a tranquil moment overlooking the view from Bukit Panguk Kediwung, Indonesia. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @maspeot

Meet Shu (@shuthebear): an avid explorer — who happens to be a stuffed bear. He’s adventured to places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Iceland, but before he met Manel Mora, he was looking at the world through the display window of a gift shop in Spain. “He likes to feel a part of the place that welcomes him,” says Manel, who helps Shu share his travel stories. “When tourists and locals see a teddy bear posing for the camera, everyone takes out their cameras, and amidst laughter, they ask about the photo session.”
Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames.
Photo by @shuthebear

We owe this captivating #BoomerangOfTheWeek to one big rock and Fernando Carreras’ (@fernycarreras) creativity. “Temperatures in areas of the mountains in Cuenca have been down to -13 C [9 F], so many lakes were frozen,” explains Fernando, who was out taking photos, videos and Boomerangs for his ecotourism company.
#Boomerang by @fernycarreras

A farmer and his canine companion end a long day of work on their farm. “The man is a very nice and generous guy, and the dog seems to have the same personality of its owner,” says Sergio Ranalli (@sergio_ranalli) who captured this moment in Brazil. “It is a beautiful friendship — full of fellowship, respect and trust.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @sergio_ranalli

Photographer Thiago Cavalcanti’s (@thiagocavalcantifotografia) office is a big, beautiful coral reef, but he assures us: this perfectly timed underwater encounter doesn’t happen every day. 🐠
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.
Photo by @thiagocavalcantifotografia

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfollowthelight
The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by the diverse qualities of light — like this one by @xenichez. Here’s how to get started:
Play around with different ways light can draw attention to a figure or action — such as a golden halo around a single person or multiple sources of light, adding depth to a scene.
Look for situations that are transformed by the position of the sun, like a tree-lined promenade that sings at sunset.
Don’t shy away from shooting at night, when beams of light can become subjects in their own right. For example: car headlights that illuminate falling snow.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfollowthelight 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 @xenichez

Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) is back out there doing what he loves: performing. “This is one of the first times I’ve played these new songs to fans live,” says Ed, who performed new music off his upcoming album “Divide” at an intimate show in New York City. “I like small concerts, and I like big concerts, too. I just like playing.”
Tap our profile pic to experience Ed’s event for yourself. 🎸 His new album drops March 3. ➗

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (@b0rdalo_ii), trash is the inspiration for his work, a series of sculptures designed to highlight issues of pollution and waste. Look at the form of one of Artur’s larger-than-life flamingos, bears or skunks, and then look again, but closer. “Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail,” says Artur of the materials he uses, which are found in junkyards, abandoned factories or through corporate recycling programs. “I’m inspired by my life experiences and everything around me — the real world.”
Photo by @b0rdalo_ii

All of Marina Schammler’s (@lightpoem) photos exude coziness. She credits a weekly visit to her local flower market as a source of inspiration — and a welcome a break from everyday stresses. 💐 “When I get home, I tie a beautiful bouquet and enjoy having brought something into the house that will keep me in good spirits,” says the industrial management assistant who lives in Siegburg, Germany. Then, she often heads to the kitchen. Marina started baking as a teenager, and today, she cooks up sweet delights like berry flans, crepes and waffles, artistically arranging them with fresh flowers to create a dreamy setting. “Flowers are an indispensable way of putting coziness, atmosphere and beauty into my pictures,” she says.
Discover more stories from the German-speaking community on @instagramde.
Photo by @lightpoem

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