InstagramInstagram2017-10-17Photo by artdr3am
Comfortable, secure, confident in your own skin — this is what body positivity means to Leia Immanuel ( artdr3am). For the past three years, Leia has dealt with hormonal acne. “I used to try and cover it all up with makeup,” says the eighth-grade student from New York. “Slowly, I began to accept that my acne is natural. I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin and body, and it’s changed the way I’ve seen people and the world.” Her advice to others? “Self-confidence comes differently for everyone. Being confident in your skin takes time and learning. Stay true to yourself and most importantly, keep an open mind. People are different, and when you accept that, you can accept your differences.” NationalBodyConfidenceDayhttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/22500421_1497515343674457_8415846137130385408_n.jpg2017-10-17
http://instatbt.com/Place/stockholm-sweden/213094275Stockholm, SwedenPhoto by kutovakika
“Fragmented” was the word that came to mind for Veronika ( kutovakika) when describing her day-to-day life. “Thus, a picture of a puzzle,” she writes in her caption. “Every day might not be a dance on roses, but sometimes the puzzle comes together just right.” 🌹 WHPmyeveryday
http://instatbt.com/Place/sicilia-italy/249785880Sicilia, ItalyPhoto by its_me_zazie
Lines from a poem by Australian poet Erin Hanson provide daily inspiration for Alessandra ( its_me_zazie) and her children: “And you ask, ‘What if I fall?’/ Oh, but my darling,/ What if you fly?” 🕊 WHPmyeveryday
http://instatbt.com/Place/new-delhi-india/214928742New Delhi, IndiaPhoto by vineet_vohra
Every morning for the past five years, photographer Vineet Vohra ( vineet_vohra) visits the bus terminal to observe “different people, buses, changes of weather and changes of mood.” 🚌
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, WHPmyeveryday.
http://instatbt.com/Place/daylesford-victoria/218827992Daylesford, VictoriaPhoto by milkwood_permaculture
From the golden pellets of sprouted grain they feed their chickens to the ingredients that make it to their kitchen table for supper, nearly every bite of food Kirsten Bradley and her family eats is grown on the sustainable farm where they live in Victoria, Australia. “Homegrown food tends to be very delicious,” she says. Kirsten is part of Milkwood ( milkwood_permaculture), a school where people can learn how to build sustainable farm systems. Along with an extended community of educators, Milkwood offers courses on everything from natural beekeeping and mushroom cultivation to biointensive growing, an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximize harvest in small spaces.
Soon it’ll be growing season in Australia, so Kirsten's family is busy planting tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings and making sure the bees pollinate their fruit trees in hopes of a big summer bounty. And then? They wait. “Growing of food is not an instant process, and it needs patience and perseverance,” she says. “But watching people bloom out of consumerism into makers and doers is really quite beautiful.” WorldFoodDay
Watch our Instagram story to see what life is like at Milkwood.
InstagramInstagram2017-10-15Photo by kyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle
Round and round we go. 🌀 TheWeekOnInstagramhttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p640x640/22430074_724364277757217_7058150594829090816_n.jpg2017-10-15
http://instatbt.com/Place/21st-century-museum-of-contemporary-art-kanazawa/21686540321st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, KanazawaPhoto by ayane7628
It only took 20 or so jumps for Ayane Motomitsu ( ayane7628) to perfect her form in front of this art exhibit in Japan. 🏊♀️ TheWeekOnInstagram
http://instatbt.com/Place/madrid-spain/127963847Madrid, SpainPhoto by cocodavez
Artist Coco Dávez’s ( cocodavez) “faceless faces” give pop culture icons a new feel. “I started with a portrait of Patti Smith. I was going to throw it away, but before doing that, I had so much paint left over that I did a brushstroke on the face to fill in all of that,” says the artist from Madrid of discovering her signature style. “A lightbulb went off.”
When she was 21, Coco went to live in London with the intention of studying photography, but painting still called to her. Her inspiration? “Artists from the 20th century like Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder and David Hockney.”
Get to know Coco’s world and colorful style on today’s Instagram story. 🎨
InstagramInstagram2017-10-14Photo by bakedbymelissa
Melissa Ben-Ishay transformed her passion into her livelihood — but it only happened after she came up against some tough times. “In the summer of 2008, I was fired from my job in advertising,” says the 33-year-old from New York City. “Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I went home and I baked four batches of cupcakes (s’more, peanut butter cup, cookie dough and tie-dye).” The very next day, her best friend’s sister shared the treats at the public relations agency where she worked, and the right connections were made. “The rest is history!” says Melissa, who is the president and chief product officer of bakedbymelissa. The company currently has 13 retail locations in the US plus a nationwide shipping operation.
“There is no better way to learn than through experience and by surrounding yourself with people who have skills that you don’t,” says Melissa of her team. “The opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, passionate, like-minded people is the best part of my job.”
We’re celebrating NationalDessertDay with the Baked by Melissa team! See more on our Instagram story now. https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/22500103_1636347496439875_6518687103130271744_n.jpg2017-10-14
InstagramInstagram2017-10-14Photo by carlos_oses79
One of these things is not like the other… 🐑 TheWeekOnInstagramhttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/22430556_364432017340521_2937147762287837184_n.jpg2017-10-14
http://instatbt.com/Place/stockholm-sweden/213094275Stockholm, SwedenBoomerang by macro.girl
Today’s BoomerangOfTheWeek is brought to you by Sofia Englund ( macro.girl) with the help of some ferrofluid, a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. She calls it her “weird stress ball” — but to be clear, that’s weird in a good way.
Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang. Yours might show up here on instagram.
InstagramInstagram2017-10-13Featured photo by _nguan_
Weekend Hashtag Project: WHPmyeveryday
There’s beauty in the everyday. This week, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture moments from your daily life, as in this featured photo from _nguan_. Here are a few tips to get you started:
As you go about your routine, note the shapes, shadows and colors you pass by. What details stand out when you pay attention?
Take portraits of the people you regularly spend time with, like your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Use your camera to explain a part of your daily life and culture to someone who lives on the other side of the world.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the WHPmyeveryday 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. https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/22344630_644636782399297_1318413183001559040_n.jpg2017-10-13
InstagramInstagram2017-10-12Photo by heyshalice
“Just be yourself” is a defining motto for 18-year-old Shalice Ader ( heyshalice), who was diagnosed with alopecia when she was less than 2 years old. “That motto has stuck with me and motivates me every day,” says Shalice, who has lost most of her body hair to the autoimmune disease. “And I want to share that message with my followers — the only way you can love yourself is to be yourself.”
After wearing a wig for most of her years growing up in Oahu, Hawaii, Shalice decided she didn’t want to hide her baldness anymore. “It was tough because I became insecure,” she explains. But by removing wigs from her daily life, Shalice opened up and gained confidence. “I think my alopecia has made me stronger. If I didn’t have it, I would not be the person I am today.” 💪 https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/22344338_157922711462305_8533339013371658240_n.jpg2017-10-12
InstagramInstagram2017-10-12Photo by dallasclayton
“I write kids’ books, because it’s a thing that very few people do in the world,” says Dallas Clayton ( dallasclayton). “It’s very much like telling someone that you sell rainbows or produce magic from your fingertips.” Today, Dallas’ aesthetic and stories go beyond the pages of books and get translated to different surfaces. Even murals. “I love to go to a place, take something that’s drab and add a little bit of color to it collectively with good people who want to share in an experience,” says Dallas, who prefers to let the walls speak to him — rather than go into the process with a set plan or crew. “I just want it to be participatory. I don’t even want to be the one painting the thing. I want everyone to be painting the thing, and I want everyone to know that they could paint the thing. There’s an elementary school down the street from you right now that doesn’t have a mural in it that you can go paint for totally free and stoke out a thousand kids.”
We’re partnering with artists from the Instagram community, like Dallas, to turn city walls around the world into colorful murals, inspiring KindComments. Visit a wall, take a photo or video and share KindComments to make someone’s day. If you can’t check out a mural in person, participate by using one of the new kindness-themed heart-shaped stickers in Instagram Stories. These are also created by members of our global community. https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p640x640/22426888_490702004648863_8208927132638773248_n.jpg2017-10-12
http://instatbt.com/Place/lofoten/400808241LofotenPhoto by damonbeckford
Damon Beckford ( damonbeckford) spent two weeks camping and exploring on Norway’s northern islands when he captured this autumnal image for WHPseasons. “I like how the colors of the trees pop against the rocky mountain.” 🍁
http://instatbt.com/Place/indiranager/1896054003951421IndiranagerPhoto by sunsights
Fallen petals decorate the supermarket ceiling as sunsights stocks up on spices. “Winter is setting in. Time for broths, soups and spicy curries.” 🌶 WHPseasons
http://instatbt.com/Place/montanita-ecuador/218723854Montañita, EcuadorPhoto by mcortizp
Over a long weekend, Maria Ortiz ( mcortizp) took her children out for a day on the water. “Right now is the off-season, and it’s pretty much cold and rainy all day long — the opposite of what one expects to find at the beach.” 🌧
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, WHPseasons.
http://instatbt.com/Place/tampa-florida/213124046Tampa, FloridaVideo by thunderboltpigs
Hello, world! The time has come for WeeklyFluff. Today, we are introducing you to Thunder and Bolt ( thunderboltpigs), two porkers from Tampa, Florida. These brothers love playing in the grass, cooling off in the water and are currently training to become therapy animals. To stay up to date with these pleasant piggies, be sure to follow thunderboltpigs stat. 🐷🐷⚡️
http://instatbt.com/Place/minneapolis-minnesota/214063175Minneapolis, MinnesotaPhoto by woodlucker
Artist Ann Wood ( woodlucker) created this autumn bounty by hand. “It’s a permanent paper garden that captures fall’s harvest forever,” she writes in her caption. WHPseasons
http://instatbt.com/Place/cologne-germany/213121716Cologne, GermanyPhoto by felixinden
Autumn's golden light = 🙌🏼✨
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend's hashtag project, WHPseasons.
http://instatbt.com/Place/norway/449507392NorwayPhoto by _fabiozingg
Boredom brought Fabio Zingg ( _fabiozingg) to photography. Two years ago, when he was restless on a family vacation, the now 17-year-old from Busswil, Switzerland, picked up a camera for the first time. During the week, he’s a commercial banking apprentice but when the weekend rolls around, he always has his camera in tow. “It is always a new adventure, and I am always impressed with how beautiful nature is,” says Fabio, who is particularly fascinated with playing with range. “The larger a mountain appears and the smaller the person is, the more it becomes clear how small we truly are.”
Explore the Swiss mountain town St. Moritz with Fabio on our Instagram story right now. ⛰
InstagramInstagram2017-10-07Photo by ohthattimdavis
Tim Davis ( ohthattimdavis) drives a little slice of the beach home. 🏄 TheWeekOnInstagramhttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p640x640/22278101_1983448621898642_6748617266788564992_n.jpg2017-10-07
InstagramInstagram2017-10-07Photo by stefano_de_luigi
Oh, hello Liouba the cat. We didn’t see you up there. 😸 TheWeekOnInstagramhttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/22159346_1929202167353565_820740453237260288_n.jpg2017-10-07
http://instatbt.com/Place/ystad-sweden/216647365Ystad, SwedenBoomerang by backmango
“The sunset. The ocean. The dress. My beautiful wife on the pier.” Göran Backman ( backmango) captured our BoomerangOfTheWeek during a 24-hour romantic trip. “This was our first day and night away from our daughter, who was born in January,” he explains.
Add BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang. Yours might show up here on instagram.
http://instatbt.com/Place/kuusamo/25502102KuusamoFeatured photo by dansmoe
Weekend Hashtag Project: WHPseasons
Change is in the air. This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos capturing the signs of a new season, as in this featured photo from Daniel Taipale ( dansmoe). Here are some tips to get you started:
Whether you’re in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern, nature transforms the landscape this time of year. Head outside to seek inspiration in your surroundings — from the fiery reds and oranges of fall to the bright greens and blues of spring.
What are your favorite activities in the upcoming season? Show us how you welcome the new season through traditions like autumn pumpkin-carving or planting a new garden.
Reflect on what other transitions are taking place in your life, from new classes to new sports seasons.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the WHPseasons 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.
http://instatbt.com/Place/tlaxcala-mexico/308817937Tlaxcala, MexicoPhoto by srtrastorno
Rafael Morales Hernández ( srtrastorno) brought together white flowers and books — two of his great loves — for his take on our logo. “Photography, for me, is a way to express myself: what I see or what I’m feeling,” says Rafael, who is a student in Tlaxcala, Mexico. “It’s a way to have fun and meet great people around you. To inspire and be inspired. Never forget that.”
Today, we’re celebrating Instagram’s seventh birthday with this myinstagramlogo from Rafael. As Instagram evolves and grows, we’re constantly amazed by the creativity of our diverse and inspiring community. Thanks for being you. ❤️
http://instatbt.com/Place/tehran-iran/213755156Tehran, IranVideo by godyar
Over three weeks, 232 toy cars made moves for Khodayar Ahi’s ( godyar) stop-motion remix of our logo. The artist from Tehran, Iran, was inspired by the view and sounds from a high-rise building.
Today, we’re celebrating Instagram’s seventh birthday with this myinstagramlogo from Khodayar. As Instagram evolves and grows, we’re constantly amazed by the creativity of our diverse and inspiring community. Thanks for being you. ❤️
http://instatbt.com/Place/austin-texas/212964995Austin, TexasPhoto by mariesaba
This sweet treat was constructed in response to a creative block. “During those times, I often look to Instagram ( WHP or myinstagramlogo) as a source of inspiration,” says Marie Saba ( mariesaba), from Austin, Texas, who loves to cook and bake. “Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working’ — and I fully agree.”
Today, we’re celebrating Instagram’s seventh birthday with this myinstagramlogo from Marie. As Instagram evolves and grows, we’re constantly amazed by the creativity of our diverse and inspiring community. Thanks for being you. ❤️
InstagramInstagram2017-10-05Video by mypalo
Hello, world! Today’s WeeklyFluff is a crew of canines that hail from Minnesota. Finn, Teddy and Lina ( mypalo) love spending time together, whether they’re in the snow or out on the water. Follow mypalo to make sure you don’t miss a moment from these sweet dogs. https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e15/22344515_123195785098085_6546055944705409024_n.jpg2017-10-05
http://instatbt.com/Place/seoul-south-korea/745256841Seoul, South KoreaPhoto by gullyguyleo
“The way I see it, I’m wearing clothes that have always existed, just in different ways,” says 15-year-old Leo Mandella ( gullyguyleo), a model and creative from Warwick, England. “I’ve found that fashion is the perfect way to show your personality and what you enjoy through something that everyone else can see.”
Leo, whose wardrobe spills from his closet to his room to his family’s living room, is intentional about where and how he captures his fashion. “If I see a nice place on the way somewhere, I take a photo or remember where I am. It’s kind of a game of seeing new places, remembering things, always using your brain.” He’s seen lots of the world but credits his hometown as an influence to his approach: “I find it really quiet here, but in a way that’s good. I’ve never felt like I was copying anyone. And that’s really satisfying.”
Learn more about Leo on today’s Instagram story.
http://instatbt.com/Place/new-york-new-york/212988663New York, New YorkPhoto by chefjoshr
It’s no coincidence that 14-year-old Josh Reisner ( chefjoshr) has already been cooking for more than half of his life. “Some kids like sports, some like video games — a weird thing about me is that all the restaurants that I go to, I’ll remember every single dish,” says Josh, whose culinary passions landed him on MasterChef Junior. “And not only the dishes that I’ve had, the dishes that my family and friends have had.”
Growing up in New York City, Josh was fortunate to cross paths with famous names in food like Andrew Zimmern and David Chang. But he’s not ready to step into anyone else’s shoes. “A lot of people ask me if I want to go to culinary school. I tell them I want to take my own path,” he says. A recent food obsession of Josh’s? Ramen. “Recently, I went on a trip with my parents and my sister to Japan. I actually had 30 bowls of ramen in order to try the different styles,” he says. “The best meal I’ve ever had wasn’t at a restaurant with super fancy tableware and linens; it was at basically a hole-in-the-wall place, and was because of the experience of sitting there, of being in awe of the bowl of ramen and being in Japan itself. That was the experience where I probably learned the most.” 🍜
Watch our Instagram story to see how Josh works his culinary magic in the kitchen.