“dance has been part of me, not as a person, but part of my soul of who i am, of my identity.” says brazilian ballerina ingrid silva (@ingridsilva ), who has danced with the dance theatre of harlem for the past 11 years. “i feel like every day i learn something new, and i grow with my work, and i grow with the people around me. i grow with the ballets i dance. and i grow with the person i’m becoming. so i always think that i am an upcoming artist, like every day i have something to conquer in my career.”
learn more about ingrid as she dances through her adopted home, new to our igtv channel today.
photo of @ingridsilva and @fridakahlothefrenchie by @eardogfoto
Awoooooooooo! the sound of adventure lured photographer kai yhun (@kaiyhun ) up on a mountain in british columbia to capture the epic wolf moon eclipse. “being so high up, the clouds and fog are beneath you and the sky becomes clear, leaving just you and the moon,” kai says. #whpwanderlust photo illustration by @kaiyhun
Yosemite is one of the most popular parks in the world, but if you wake up extra-early like ryan resatka (@ryanresatka ) did, you can have this majestic place all to yourself. “it was so quiet that the only thing we could hear was the sound of our own footsteps,” ryan says. follow along as we share more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpwanderlust.
photo by @ryanresatka
For mia ong (@studyng ), bullet journaling pulled her out of a productivity slump. “i had problems catching up with schoolwork,” says the 17-year-old from penang, malaysia, who started in 2015. “while randomly scrolling through instagram, i discovered the #studygram and bullet journaling community, so i decided to give it a try to stay organized.”
spoiler alert: it worked.
mia’s organization improved, while providing her an outlet to express herself creatively. “i definitely didn’t expect it to become such an essential part of my life,” she says. head to our igtv channel now to watch mia work on her 2019 journal.
photo by @studyng
Muralist muhammad yungai (@artofyungai ) has depicted dr. martin luther king jr. in three murals across atlanta, georgia. “just seeing his face is a prompt to have courage in the face of adversity,” muhammad says.
a former art teacher, muhammad believes that having depictions of dr. king in schools is especially important. “i want children to feel empowered,” he adds. “each painting, sculpture or photo of him is a reminder of who we all can be, and what we can achieve together.” spend #mlkday celebrating atlanta’s civil rights legacy with a tour of its inspiring murals, today on our story.
For the past five years, artist parth kothekar (@parthkothekar ) has hand-carved creations, each from a single sheet of paper. it takes him about three weeks to sketch 20 to 30 designs. then, parth, 27, selects his 10 favorite ones and starts cutting away. each papercut can take up to an entire week to complete, down to the last detail.
although parth’s intricate masterpieces might seem frail, the women they depict are anything but. “i was brought up seeing the struggle of my mother,” he says. “that’s why i always create female characters. i wanted to show them as powerful and strong through my artwork.” see how these intricate papercuts are made, today on our story.
photo by @parthkothekar
Featured photo by @rachstewartnz
weekend hashtag project: #whpwanderlust this weekend the challenge is to capture an epic travel moment. your inspiration is this featured photo by landscape photographer rach stewart (@rachstewartnz ). here are some tips to get started:
spend time outside. from a snowy forest hours from home to a flower bed in your own backyard, nature’s beauty is all around us. think about how light or the time of day might help you capture mother nature in her glory.
escape from the day-to-day. pitch a tent under the stars, find a cabin in the woods or take a trip to the sea. if you make new friends (fluffy or otherwise) include them in the photo or video that you share.
make memories along the way. it’s not always about the destination. make sure to take photos of the journey to get there, especially if the journey involves road trips, scenic bike rides or hikes with a killer view.
project rules: please add the #whpwanderlust hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. by adding the #whpwanderlust hashtag, you consent to and grant instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. if you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #whpwanderlust hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.
Photo of @matthiasdandois by @tristanshu
what’s the best part about being a bmx world champion at the age of 19? for matthias dandois (@matthiasdandois ), it was getting to travel the world. 🌍 🚲
“my two trips to south africa were the most amazing memories of my career,” says matthias, now 29. “we ended up buying a bmx bike for one of the local [riders] who was killing it on the worst bike you can think of. he still rides it today.”
after visiting more than 85 countries, matthias’ next dream travel destination is somewhat closer to home: his native france for the paris olympics in 2024.
go for a (literal) spin around the world with matthias, today on our story and igtv channel.