Photo by @jessartes a pile of stones stood in for a tripod as jessé manuel (@jessartes) posed in these roadside latrines with his friend — and an unexpected third party. “inside one there was a baby rattlesnake. we only noticed after we’d taken lots of pictures!” 🐍 #theweekoninstagram
Photo by @nastyagooz deep in ukraine’s carpathian mountains, photographer anastasiia guz (@nastyagooz) spent time in a small house with only one type of resident nearby. “in this photo, i’m petting our lovely neighbors,” she says of the horses. “although it was the early morning, and they would have liked to nibble grass more.” 🐴🐴 #theweekoninstagram
Video by @mrsjaydefish jayde fish’s (@mrsjaydefish) artistic road from admirer to muse is a cinderella story. “i had been working on my tarot [card] series, which was inspired by gucci’s (@gucci) new designs, when creative director alessandro michele (@lallo25) found me on instagram,” says jayde, a freelance illustrator and designer who lives in san francisco. “i had been hashtagging #alessandromichele, respectfully, as my source of inspiration, and it just so happened that he was paying attention.” a few seasons back, her illustrations were incorporated into designs that hit the runway, and she continues to collaborate with gucci today. jayde’s passion for tarot, a deck of divination playing cards originating in 15th-century europe, carries through her work. “i feel that the tarot is a beautiful way to think inwards about who you are and who you want to be. each character has a deep connection with nature, the universe and the spiritual world, and i feel there’s something very romantic about that.” watch our instagram story to see jayde’s coverage and illustrations from gucci’s show at milan fashion week.
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.
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
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
#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.
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.
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.”
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. 🐰
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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
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. ✨