While exploring Manisa, Turkey, by bike, Iranian documentary photographer Khashayar Javanmardi (@kjavanmardi) stopped to take in this dynamic scene at Atatürk Kent Park. “At first when I saw the network of ropes I thought it was a kind of sculpture or something,” says Khashayar. After closer inspection, he discovered people learning to climb in the web. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @kjavanmardi
Wait a minute ... who’s pushing the swings in our #BoomerangOfTheWeek? 👻 As Josh Bailey (@ghostforestco) explored the winding trails and fall colors of a local park, he paused by this swingset. “I’m drawn towards motion, so I naturally look for that when I’m out and about,” the filmmaker from Portland, Oregon, said. Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @ghostforestco
Baker Olivia Bogacki (@livforcake) turns to cozy, seasonal desserts every time Halloween rolls around. “I love pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg — all of these flavors say fall to me,” says Olivia, who is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Olivia was introduced to cake decorating in 2009 when she took a class at a local crafts store, and in 2014, she decided to continue her education by going to pastry school. “Cakes, for sure, are my favorite thing to do,” she says. “The most challenging part is that baking tends to be very precise, and I often have a vision of what I want the final product to look like. Most of the time it doesn’t get there and I want to redo it.” Her favorite part? When the cakes do live up to her standards, or even exceed them. Olivia will be celebrating this Halloween with horror movies, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and digging into a slice or two, of course, of cake. Photo by @livforcake
All year long, David Whitemyer (@mahikerbiker) visits spooky sites across the country. “My love of history, architecture and exploring new places attracts me to abandoned buildings,” says David, a museum exhibit designer based in Boston. “I treat them with respect, never vandalizing and never taking anything.” He often combines eerie images with a clever pun or quip — this photo of a barber’s chair from the Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania was captioned with the words “Shear Madness.” David is adventurous when it comes to seeking out new places to photograph, but come Halloween, he kicks back to take in the festivities: “I enjoy sitting on the front porch on Halloween night, with a glass of wine, and seeing everyone’s costumes.” Photo by @mahikerbiker
You nearly smell the earth and woods in Francine de Mattos’ (@fotografeumaideia) photos. A resident of Salete, a small town of 7,000 people in Santa Catarina, Brazil, she shares snapshots of the region’s scenery. “When I am not taking pictures for work, I go for a ride on my motorcycle. On these trips, I rediscover the place where I live,” the 25-year-old photographer says. “I love to hear a good story from someone who has lived for a long time.” Francine fell for photography 10 years ago while still in high school. “My motivation is nostalgia. I lost my maternal grandmother before I got a camera, and so I do not have a picture of her that I took. It is this absence that makes me want to photograph everything and everyone.” Check out @instagrambrasil to discover more stories from the region. Photo by @fotografeumaideia
Today, singer, songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter (@sabrinacarpenter) is taking us around Nashville, Tennessee — the first stop of a 37-show sold-out tour for her album EVOLution. Tap our profile pic to watch our Instagram story and hang with Sabrina as she explores the city for the first time and gets ready for her big night.
“I love the look on his face I was able to capture when he realized what was happening,” says Janelle Darnell (@janelledarnell) of her spontaneous #WHPfreetime submission, which she captioned, “When daddy’s free time is interrupted by hers.” Photo by @janelledarnell
Starting today, you’ll begin to see Instagram Stories on Explore. We announced Instagram Stories in August as a new feature for sharing everyday moments. Now, with stories on Explore, it’s easier than ever to discover new stories you’ll want to watch. More than 100 million people visit Explore every day to discover photos and videos from people they don’t yet follow. The new suggested stories section highlights the most interesting stories from across Instagram’s vast global community — and like the rest of Explore, the stories you’ll see are personalized to your interests. To learn more about Instagram Stories on Explore, check out help.instagram.com.
Friends take a sunny joyride in this #WHPfreetime submission from Chicago. Follow along for more of our favorite submissions from last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @aj_trela
The goal of #WHPfreetime was to make photos and videos inspired by what you enjoy doing in your spare time — and @sophietivonaillustration rocked it. 🎨 Follow along for more of our favorite submissions from last weekend’s hashtag project. Video by @sophietivonaillustration
Growing up, Jody Heakes (@jdoday) was frequently bullied about her weight. “I remember (now cringingly), in middle school dumbing myself down, pretending not to know things, because I’d decided that I would much rather be labeled as ‘the stupid girl’ than ‘the fat girl,’” says the 21-year-old. “Today, I pride myself on being a thoughtful and intelligent woman.” Jody was interested in photography, but it wasn’t until she graduated from high school that her mother encouraged her to model. “I was always behind the camera, never in front,” Jody says. “Switching roles and seeing photos of myself made me realize that I wasn’t as unattractive as I felt.” Her participation in the body-positive movement online feels like an extension of her studies at the University of Toronto — she’s a fourth-year student in history and equity studies. “I strongly believe that representation matters, and not only representation of different body types, but different ethnicities, ages and abilities,” Jody says. “Confidence comes with time. It has taken me over five years to reach the level of acceptance with myself that I have now. I can only imagine how much better I’ll feel five years from now.” Who or what inspires you to feel #PerfectlyMe? This month, we’ve teamed up with @seventeen to celebrate people who are redefining body standards and inspiring confidence on Instagram. Use the hashtag to share your story. Photo by @jdoday
David Degner (@degnerd) didn’t need to travel far to find an artful moment in the middle of Cairo. “This is a pretty normal street scene in my neighborhood: cars, people and clothes hanging to dry,” says the photojournalist, who is based in Egypt. “Usually there are more cars.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @degnerd
After attending an open ballet class with @cinqballet dancers, Daria Bylbas (@dashabylbas) captured this circle of tutus and pointe shoes. “When I look at this photo, I feel very inspired,” says the student from Moscow. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @dashabylbas
For traveling fashion photographer and stylist Trevor Stuurman (@trevor_stuurman), home is wherever the Wi-Fi connects. Whether he’s styling a shoot in South Africa or speaking on a panel in Rwanda, he’s an advocate for African fashion and culture. “I support the local fashion industry in various ways, such as wearing local, shooting local and making a noise about our local talent,” Trevor, who is based in Johannesburg, says. To people who imagine the continent as a nascent location for fashion, Trevor says it’s time to catch up: “Africa is now! We are here, educated, empowered and highly relevant. We are awakening to our own beauty and celebrating that every day.” Photo by @trevor_stuurman
Camille Seaman (@camilleseaman) has her #EyesOn the Dakota Access Pipeline. “The message I heard over and over when I was growing up was any harm you do to the environment, you’re doing to yourself,” the California-based photographer says. “I felt called to come not only as an indigenous person, but as a recorder of history.” Camille arrived in North Dakota nearly a month ago, but since April, there have been times when thousands of people gathered near the town of St. Anthony in response to the construction of the pipeline, a means for transporting crude oil out of the state. “From the point of view of the people standing up here, they are calling themselves protectors. They see themselves as not just protecting their own access to water, but the access for those Americans who also rely on that water,” Camille says. Earlier this week, an appeal to halt the project was struck down in court; the pipeline has permission to continue construction. “This is a huge, global call to stand and say that not only is clean water essential and important, a sacred thing, but it’s time to draw the line in the sand and say enough,” says Camille. Photo by @camilleseaman