Photo by @karen claudia A swan passing through interrupts the symmetry of a tranquil lake view. #TheWeekOnInstagram
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- North Holland
- Jakarta, Indonesia
Photo by @cherylraissa “Your skin is a canvas and treating it well will get you the best results,” says beauty content creator Cheryl Raissa (@cherylraissa). The 24-year-old from Jakarta, Indonesia, started working as a beauty content creator in 2010. “It’s been a long time, but I’m still learning, too,” she says. “My work opened up an unexpected path for me. I have traveled to various places and venues as a speaker about entrepreneurship in the digital age.” Check out our story to learn more about Cheryl and her makeup routine.
- Lyon, France
Photo by @gcplyon “I like to immortalize moments of simple happiness,” says photographer Gaétan Clement (@gcplyon), who did just that in this scene from a French roller disco. #TheWeekOnInstagram
- Никола-Ленивец \ Nikola-Lenivets
Photo by @borsch With the help of a friend and some flashlights, Yura (@borsch) brought an inky night to light at Nikola-Lenivets Art Park. “It was so dark there that we could barely see the grass under our feet,” he says. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Featured photo by @salvarezphoto Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPclassic The goal this weekend is to create photos and videos that display a timeless quality. Whether you’re nostalgic for a past era or inspired by traditions that stand the test of time, share what classic means to you: Look for local scenes that conjure up familiar feelings — like a family picnic, a cozy coffee shop or a commuter dashing through the city. To make details ageless, be deliberate about what you do (and don’t) show. Don’t take any gesture or expression for granted. Instead, pull out the patterns in how people and animals interact. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPclassic 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.
- London, United Kingdom
Video by @made by helga Visual artist Helga Stentzel (@made by helga) believes in the beauty of imperfections. “All these ‘alleged’ defects give subjects their uniqueness and, often, transform them into objects of art,” says Helga, who lives in London. Since childhood, she’s been a creative thinker and an artist, and her account reflects her out-of-the-box ideas. She names simplicity as her top inspiration and calls herself a minimalist. “With the help of just a few lines, I manage to turn an ordinary object into something unexpected. In my work, there are no complex textures or shapes; I consciously try to avoid them, so as not to distract the viewer’s attention from the beauty of ordinary things.” Watch today’s story to see more of Helga’s creations.
- Oslo, Norway
Photo by @arnoldstaffzenegger Hello, world! It’s time to meet our #WeeklyFluff: the cleverly named Arnold Staffzenegger (@arnoldstaffzenegger), a Staffordshire bull terrier hailing from snowy Oslo, Norway. Though he’s only 1 ½ years old, Arnold is not only strong like his namesake, but incredibly patient, posing for his family in all manner of outfits. Follow @arnoldstaffzenegger to keep up with this pup’s evolving style.
- Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Video by @cacalazzari “I think I’ve been chosen by music,” says Cacá Lazzari (@cacalazzari), who lives in Rio de Janeiro. “Music is my life, my religion, my everything.” Cacá started drumming when he was just 3 years old, and now the 29-year-old musician plays five hours every day. “Drums are the instrument I’ve always loved, and the instrument I think I can express myself better than any other,” he says. Watch our story to head into the studio with Cacá.
- Echo Park
Photo by @zooeyinthecity Meet Zooey Miyoshi (@zooeyinthecity): a kindergarten student and 5-year-old fashion influencer. On her third birthday, her mom, Mai, started an account all about Zooey. Fast-forward two year and Zooey and her family — originally from Tokyo — live in Los Angeles where they adventure, play and take tons of photos, highlighting Zooey’s sweet and edgy styles, often accompanied by her staple expression of hiding behind a pair of sunnies. “Zooey has always had this no-emotion face,” says Mai of Zooey’s signature look. “Sunglasses also help when taking photos. Most of the time, she is not looking directly at me, which sunnies help hide. #momtip.” As for the future, Zooey has big plans. Zooey: “I want to be a designer.” Mom: “REALLY? When did you decide that?” Zooey: “At school. I’m creative, so I think I can be a designer.” Mom: “😱” Watch our story to learn more about Zooey’s world.
- Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Photo illustration by @leighyogipilot Every week, helicopter pilot and yogi Leigh Emily (@leighyogipilot) takes a mid-air photo of herself in a favorite yoga pose. “I’ve never considered myself an artist, but since I joined Instagram, I am constantly dreaming up fun visual stories to share,” says Leigh. “It’s the highlight of my week to see people having so much fun creating amazing things — simply for the sake of sharing love, cleverness and smiles.” #WHPinspired
- San Onofre State Beach
Photo by @susanblanda “In this quiet moment, you can really feel the connection between the surfers,” says Susan Blanda (@susanblanda), who took this photo in between sets of waves. “They share a deep love of the ocean that can’t be expressed in words. This spiritual connection is what I connect to. It’s what drives me to hang out at the beach and immerse myself in the surf culture.” #WHPinspired
- Bandar-e Anzali
Photo by @ensi gh In northern Iran, the background of an abandoned factory inspired architect Ensi Qadimi (@ensi gh) to see something more. “The rusty metal plates resembled a jigsaw puzzle to me,” she says. “I felt like the girl could be part of completing the puzzle.” Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPinspired.
Today we’re introducing two new tools to help you hold on to your favorite moments from Instagram Stories and share them in new ways that help you express yourself. Stories Highlights is a new part of your profile where you can show more of who you are through stories you’ve shared. And to help you build highlights, your stories will now automatically save into a private Stories Archive so you can easily relive them. Now you can group stories into highlights and feature them on your profile. To create a highlight, tap the “New” circle, choose stories from your archive, select a cover and give it a name. Your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that can be played as a stand-alone story. Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your Stories Archive. To see yours, tap the archive icon on your profile, then tap on any story to watch it. From there, you can add it to your current story, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on your profile. Only you can see your archived stories, and you can turn off auto-archiving at any time in your profile settings. To learn more about Stories Highlights and Stories Archive, check out help.instagram.com. Today’s updates are available as part of Instagram version 25 on iOS and Android. Video by @yelldesign
Photo by @ted.ns Fall and fog for #WHPinspired 🍁
- Saint Petersburg, Russia
Photo by @mcheblak No need to look farther than your bookshelf. #WHPinspired
- Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
Photo by @lorimhawk Lori Hawkins (@lorimhawk) stands in awe of this swimmer emerging from the cold Atlantic waters, hands joyfully raised. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPinspired.
Photo by @ashleylewofficial How does ballerina and high school freshman Ashley Lew (@ashleylewofficial) get through days that can start at 5:45 and keep her going well past dinnertime? “When I dance, I just forget about the world around me, honestly,” says Ashley, who spent last year studying full time at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. “Telling my story through my dancing is really important to me. One of the biggest challenges is not giving up.” Despite the sacrifices she’s made, Ashley’s passion for dance introduced her to a community that shares her enthusiasm. “So many people, we connected on Instagram, and then we get to actually meet each other. I just think it’s so cool. And it keeps me going toward my dream because it encourages me, makes me feel good about what I’m doing.” Learn more about Ashley on our story.
Photo by @paulnicklen After 17 years with National Geographic, wildlife conservation photographer and cinematographer Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) felt compelled to start something new. “I wanted to see immediate impact through photography,” explains Paul, who co-founded SeaLegacy (@sea legacy), a collective of visual storytellers who document the biggest issues facing our oceans today. “My goal is to use my camera to connect people to the species of animals that need our help.” On #WildlifeConservationDay, Paul offers this message: “I want people to understand that animals are all part of a complex ecosystem. You cannot dismiss an insect while pouring your love and attention into panda bears and baby white harp seals. We need to realize that entire ecosystems are connected, from the very top to the very bottom.” Starting today, when people search for a hashtag associated with harmful behavior to animals or the environment, they will see a content advisory screen. We are committed to fostering a safer, kinder world both on Instagram and beyond.
Photo by @cosydesign You never know who you’ll catch in — or on! — the train. 🚄 #TheWeekOnInstagram
- Ponta de Humaitá
Photo by @soterografando No birds or planes in this Ponta de Humaitá sky. 😎 #TheWeekOnInstagram