Discovering — and telling — stories from around the world. Curated by Instagram’s community team.
Photo by @geoffreyberliner for @penumbrafoundation
“The greatest artists, the most eternal artists, the ones that really have longevity, are the ones that were dedicated and devoted to their work and gave parts of themselves,” says Geoffrey Berliner, executive director of the nonprofit Penumbra Foundation (@penumbrafoundation). “Great art stems from great tension and great investigation and great suffrage and great living.” The New York City organization is on a mission to bring together the art and science of photography through programs and workshops for aspiring and veteran photographers, alike.
In the digital age of point, click, delete, repeat, he believes it’s more important than ever to preserve and explore archaic formats like tintype, one of the earliest (and most complicated) photo processes made popular in the 1860s, as a means to develop voice and creative literacy in the next generation’s great artists. Great art, Geoffrey believes, starts with story: “When you teach a kid comprehensive storytelling, that one kid can go forth and create work that can make a huge impact in the world.”
Watch our Instagram story to see Geoffrey and other artists in Brooklyn at Photoville, a pop-up village of shipping containers featuring photo exhibitions from all over the world.
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At New York, New York
Photo by @zahramonsef
It wasn’t the colorful hair accessories that drew Zahra Monsef’s (@zahramonsef) eye at this weekly Monday market — it was the car they’re sitting on. “The Paykan is an old and memorable car for most Iranians,” Zahra explains. “It inspired me to take this photo.” 🚘 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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At Zia' Bar, Gilan, Iran
Photo by @poli_gri
A feeding frenzy took place when Polina Grigorieva (@poli_gri) and her son tossed bread into a crowd of sea gulls. “Most of all in this photo, I like the moment of fleeting summer,” she says. 🌞 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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#Boomerang by @angiegoesboom
On an adventure with her husband, Angie Sayers (@angiegoesboom) captured our #BoomerangOfTheWeek in a field of sunflowers. “They bring happiness,” says the Denver resident. “I can’t help but smile when seeing them and while being surrounded — they just have this effect on you.” 🌻
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next #Boomerang. Yours might show up here on @instagram.
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Featured photo by @filipefoto
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdynamic
Ready, set, go! This week, the goal is to create photos and videos that capture energy and movement, as in this featured photo by Filipe Costa (@filipefoto). Here are some tips to get you started:
Use Instagram’s creative tools to showcase kinetic energy in your daily life. Try a Boomerang of a morning running group or a Hyperlapse of an arena filling up with fans. Or make a Rewind in Instagram Stories of your dog playing fetch then share your video to your feed.
Decide on a type of movement you want to focus on — sporting events, urban commutes, fall activities like apple picking — and go get in on the action. Let your camera lens draw your eye toward the most animated parts of the setting.
Consider a scene that might at first glance appear calm and still. Where can you find the subtle forces of energy, and how can you highlight them in a single image?
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPdynamic 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.
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At Rio de Janeiro
Photo by @elias.williams
Twenty-six-year-old photographer Elias Williams (@elias.williams) works quietly and methodically with his large-format camera, a cumbersome device about the size of a toaster oven. “Visually committing to a space or a person, setting up the camera, getting under the dark cloth, seeing upside down and backwards, focusing a loupe [magnification device] on the ground glass, putting in the film holder, cocking the shutter and pressing the cable release — it all makes for a slow, hands-on and therapeutic process that demands focus,” explains Elias. “Because I’m a very introverted person, the camera itself works as a great icebreaker for first time interactions when making portraits.” These images emerge from a mutual sense of curiosity between the photographer and the photographed, often within blocks of his home in New York City’s South Bronx. “I try to connect with people up to the moment where they allow me to represent just a piece of their complex, true being.”
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At Bronx, New York
Video by @roru_tan
Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Piyo (@roru_tan), a snuggly bunny whose twitchy nose, perky ears and chubby cheeks have us feeling all kinds of 😍. Follow @roru_tan to make sure you never miss a moment of this little fluff hopping into her rabbit-shaped bed. 🐰
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At Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Starting today, you can play with face filters while sharing live video. Whether you’re channeling a kitten or want to add some stars or rainbow light to your face, you can easily try on face filters while connecting with friends and followers in the moment.
To use face filters in live video, tap the face icon in the bottom right corner before or during your broadcast. Tap any filter to check out a new look, and play around with as many as you’d like. You can also try on the new sunglasses face filter — available exclusively in live video for the next week — and tap to change the scenery reflected in your lenses.
When your broadcast has ended you can share a replay to stories, or choose “Discard” and your live video will disappear from the app as usual.
Face filters in live video will be rolling out globally over the next several weeks. To learn more about this update, check out help.instagram.com.
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Video by @e_known
Enon Avital (@e_known) reached for a bottle of honey, not an inkwell, when he wrote a message of good wishes for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. “At the beginning, I was doing traditional typography — just ink on paper, pencil on paper. Nothing like I’m doing now,” says the New Jersey-based designer and web developer. But eventually Enon looked to more unconventional materials — everything from kiwi to pencil shavings — and turned them into Hebrew typography. “I like the pieces I can eat at the end. That’s always fun,” he says.
Rosh Hashana begins this week and focuses on leaving the old behind and embracing the new. “We drop all negativity,” says Enon. “When the community as a whole asks for forgiveness and resets, we are all refreshed. That is what Rosh Hashana is all about.”
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At New Jersey
Photo illustrations from (in order of appearance) @babbym for @fashion_east, @halpernstudio, @susiebubble and @richardquinn1
Preppy uniforms, band Ts, combat trousers, Japanese prints — you name it, Susie Lau (@susiebubble) has worn it. “What phase haven’t I gone through?” says the London born-and-raised fashion blogger. “My interest in fashion really started when I was growing up in Camden, seeing how people expressed themselves through clothing,” she says. “I approached it in a really geeky way, reading up about costume and fashion history in the library and buying magazines, cutting things out to make inspiration collages. It was a form of escape.”
When she began her blog, Style Bubble, in 2006, Susie’s only intention was to keep it as her own personal hobby. “When I first started, it very much felt like I was an interloper, especially in fashion, which has always been so guarded and exclusive as an industry,” she says. But as the age of social media dawned, Susie’s blog remained at the forefront of the fashion world. “A decade on, fashion blogging has become an industry in itself,” says Susie. “It’s been good to witness that change gradually, and to know what my own niche is — which is namely discovering young talent.”
Watch our Instagram story now to join Susie behind the scenes — and in the front row — of London Fashion Week.
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At London, United Kingdom
Photo by @allthatisshe
A family love for food and bicycles came together to create Dominique Davis’ (@allthatisshe) edible scene, using ingredients she’d just bought for their weekend away. “By asking the kids to get involved with the styling of the shot, we all got creative together,” says Dominique. “This image is about our family and was made by our family, with love.” 🚲 #WHPmadewithlove
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At Durham, Durham
Photo illustration by @ivvnwong
A toy taxi enters Manhattan’s fast lane in this #WHPmadewithlove submission from Ivan Wong (@ivvnwong). “I came up with a similar idea a year ago,” says Ivan. “I thought remaking this concept would reflect just how far I’ve come as a photographer. I wanted to put all my love into my second attempt.” 🚕
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
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At Manhattan, New York
We’re heading to Brazil to spend the day with Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) at Rock in Rio (@rockinrio), one of the largest music festivals in the world. Watch our Instagram story with Justin as he gets ready for his headlining performance. 🕺
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At Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Photo by @kutovakika
Veronika Lindberg (@kutovakika) understands a true labor of love when she’s knitting a long scarf with her playful cat by her side. “[It’s a] project that requires a lot of yarn, patience and a bit of love,” writes Veronika in her caption. #WHPmadewithlove
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Photo by @keepingwiththetimes
A cheerful burst of color was just the inspiration Alberta, Canada, blogger and photographer Barb Brookbank (@keepingwiththetimes) needed to create this beautiful wreath. “I stopped in a parking lot to gather my thoughts; before I knew it my eye was drawn to a few [tansies] peeking through a fence,” Barb writes in her caption. “September does that to me — everything becomes a little more precious.” #WHPmadewithlove
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At Parkland County
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Acting runs in the family for 17-year-old Yara Shahidi (@yarashahidi). “My mom is a commercial actress, so for most of my childhood I worked on commercials with her,” says Yara. “It was always like a playdate with one of my favorite people, so it never felt like work. That’s how I fell in love with acting.”
Fast-forward to today, and the young star of “Black-ish” is still honing her performance chops as she makes her second appearance at the Emmy Awards. “It’s a busy time on the carpet, but that’s overshadowed by seeing friends!” says Yara. “I’m excited to celebrate our TV community. We put in a lot of hours and dedicate a lot of time to create programming, so it’s fun to sit with everyone and just take a moment to smile.”
Tune into our Instagram story to hang with Yara at the #Emmys. ✨
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At Microsoft Theater
Photo by @colbertlateshow
When “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” host Stephen Colbert (@colbertlateshow) was younger, comedy was his great love. “I had comedy albums that I would play over and over, like George Carlin’s ‘Class Clown’ and Steve Martin’s ‘A Wild and Crazy Guy,’” says Stephen. “I heard those guys and I was hooked. I wanted to be a part of it.” Long before he went into comedy professionally, Stephen had a loyal audience of one: his mother. “She was a great guide for my artistic interests and was the ultimate person to make laugh,” he says.
Stephen’s transition to “The Late Show” two years ago also changed his comedic path. “I’ve allowed myself to become sort of a pure performer now,” he says. “Coming out of ‘The Colbert Report,’ I wanted to go out there and do jokes for people. I wanted to be interested in my guests. That’s the only way I could reveal myself, to be myself for the audience.”
Tune in to the #Emmys this evening to see Stephen host the event — and share a joke or two.
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#Boomerang by @made_by_helga
The lack of a real-life vehicle didn’t get in the way of artist Helga Stentzel (@made_by_helga) on her family vacation in Greece for this #BoomerangOfTheWeek. “My boys wanted to use their swim rings for wheels, and at some point Misha, my elder son, grabbed the third ring and started spinning it as if it were a steering wheel,” she says. “They wanted their car to have a roof, so I quickly drew it in ... in stories! It is truly fascinating how stickers and other tools enable you to blend reality and fantasy. So many possibilities and so much fun!” 🚗
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next #Boomerang — yours might show up here on @instagram.
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At Exópolis, Khania, Greece
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At Kinuta Park
Photo by @frederikschindler
Alone in the Swiss mountains, German filmmaker Frederik Schindler (@frederikschindler) waited for moody weather to settle in before heading out with his tripod and camera. “It was an exciting feeling to be there alone at this huge lake, witnessing the spectacle of nature,” he says. 🌲 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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At Oeschinen Lake
Photo by @cadillacranchdressing
Working on a series of long-exposure photographs using medium-format film, this scene caught photography teacher Josh Sinn’s eye as he drove through the Baltimore suburbs. “The house and car were located on a somewhat busy street, so I had to wait for traffic to slow down in order to get the shot without any headlights or brake lights whizzing past,” he says. “The image suggests it was quieter than it really was.” 🏠 #TheWeekOnInstagram
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At Dundalk, Maryland
Photo by @hijadetumadreshop
What began as an expression of personal identity has transformed into a colorful business pursuit for Patty Delgado, founder of Hija de tu Madre (@hijadetumadreshop), an online apparel store. Back when she traveled a lot, Patty, who lives in Los Angeles, came across a sequin design of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City and put it on her denim jacket. “I felt like this was something that could really be picked up by a lot of other people who identify, like myself, as Chicana, Mexican-American and a child of Latino immigrants,” she says.
But the designs for Hija de tu Madre are about more than fashion for Patty; they’re about creating community through inclusivity. “It’s something that I really value — being inclusive of different sizes, of different kinds of Latinos, because they’re not a monolith,” says Patty. “There are Afro-Latinos. There are queer Latinos. There are undocumented Latinos. Being inclusive is something that’s allowed me to be so successful because I’m creating a safe space that celebrates the diversity within my Latino community.”
This month, we’ll be sharing the stories of Hispanic-American community members in celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth, which runs through October 15 in the US.
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At Los Angeles, California
Featured photo by @olgaprinku
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmadewithlove
You won’t find idle hands here. This weekend, the goal is to create photos and videos that highlight a passion or hobby you put your time and heart into, like this handmade floral hoop art by Olga Prinku (@olgaprinku). Here are a few tips to get you started:
Show us your creative process, from the very beginning to the finished product. What steps take you from idea to object?
Whether you create for a living or for fun, every artist has his or her preferred space to work. Give us a tour of the place where you create — your kitchen table, your studio or a local crafting workspace.
Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes — from communing with nature to experiencing the work of other artists. Where do you find yours?
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPmadewithlove 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.
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Photo by @egoorushka
In celebration of #WWIM16💌, Ann (@egoorushka) gathered friends together to create this heart-filled #myinstagramlogo. “Someone made a lot of little paper hearts at home and colored them in red,” she says. “Then we decided to make a logo of our favorite app that brought us together. This photo symbolizes unity, kindness and love.” ❤️
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At Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Russia
Photo by @foodventurer_
Despite the endless spread of delectable dishes that Indonesian food photographer and blogger Prawnche Ngaditowo (@foodventurer_) enjoys, it’s the people that matter most when it comes to dining. “Without the company of friends, family and loved ones, the meal is just a meal,” says Prawnche. “After all, happiness should be shared, right?”
Prawnche’s culinary interest began at a young age in his family’s kitchen, tasting his mother’s Chinese and Indonesian recipes. “As the youngest son, somehow I got to be the only one on the judging panel,” says Prawnche, now 29. After moving to Jakarta in 2011, Prawnche started his blog, “Foodventurer,” in order to combine his passions for writing, photography and food. One day, he even hopes to open his own restaurant: “Like a safe haven, where people could feel at home.” 🍲
Feast your eyes on our Instagram story now to join Prawnche on a tour of Indonesia’s tastiest cuisines.
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At Kota Batu
Video by @serena.gff
Hello, world! Pucker up for today’s #WeeklyFluff: two golden retriever sisters named Serena and Donatella (@serena.gff), who spend a good part of their days in São Paulo, Brazil, snuggling nose to nose. When they aren’t twinning with matching bows and bandanas, these pups are mugging for the camera in tiaras and hoodies. For more sisterly love, follow @serena.gff. 😘 🐶
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At São Paulo, Brazil
During New York Fashion Week, some creative directors barely have enough time to finish just one collection. But if you’re Laura Kim (@tokibunbun) and Fernando Garcia (@fernandogarciam1205), co-creative directors of Monse (@monsemaison) and Oscar de la Renta (@oscardelarenta), you have two entire collections to perfect. “There are days when I wish my week was 10 days and not seven,” says Laura, “but most of the time I enjoy doing such a different collection for each house. It helps me not get bored or overdevelop.”
Laura and Fernando first met at Oscar de la Renta, and quickly discovered their similar drive and passion for work. “It was a perfect match from day 1,” says Fernando. Despite the amount of work and responsibility, the pair’s friendship and love for what they do gets them through the long working days and nights. “It’s fun. You get to be like an actor, playing two different characters every day,” says Fernando. “It’s very satisfying to allow your mind to have outlets like these. Nothing is ever held back.”
Watch our Instagram story now for a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with Laura and Fernando. 👠
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At New York, New York
Photo by @aki09merluza
@aki09merluza discovered a new interest during #WWIM16💌 at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. “I’ve never taken portrait images so I was just observing in the beginning, but gradually I was able to take part in the photo shoot. This made me realize that portrait photos are fun and profound.”
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Photo by @ederla.mx
With his lens above the crowd, Eder López Aguilar captures an epic selfie with the community that gathered for #WWIM16💌 in Mexico City. “I value #KindComments because they help to grow and form community. They make us more human,” he says.
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At Mexico City, Mexico
Photo by @fazlushdqie
For Fazlus Shidqie (@fazlushdqie), #KindComments mean building a circle of love — literally — to spread positive feelings and create a social
support system. Follow along as we continue to feature #WWIM16💌 gatherings from around the world.
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At Special Region of Yogyakarta
Photo of @selenagomez by @luisadorr
Lighting, timing, location — all of these were obstacles that Brazilian photographer Luisa Dörr (@luisadorr) faced as she photographed the subjects of Time magazine’s (@time) “Firsts” project, which showcases 46 women who broke a major barrier in their field. “At first, it was difficult,” says Luisa, who shot all of her portraits — and 12 different “Firsts” Time covers — on a phone. “The subjects couldn’t understand that the same phone they carry in their pocket is able to make a professional photograph. But the phone allowed me to move fast — it was just me and the subjects.”
Growing up in southern Brazil, Luisa studied photography in school and became a full-time freelancer in 2015; not long after, the Time editors discovered her work and brought her on as the lead photographer for “Firsts.” “More than just women, I saw amazing human beings and professionals,” says Luisa, who photographed women ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Hillary Clinton. “All of them went through a lot of struggles. This positive fighting energy is what has inspired me the most.”
Watch our Instagram story to look behind the scenes of Luisa’s “Firsts” portrait sessions.
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