A beach photo shoot becomes a pastel dreamscape in this image from Japan by @shiiki_studio. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @shiiki_studio
Every year, hundreds of doggies (and their humans) rocking clever and elaborate costumes gather in NYC’s Alphabet City neighborhood for the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. We’re on the ground to share some of the best get-ups — and sweetest pooches — from the event that’s celebrating its 26th year! Tap our profile pic to watch now. 🐶❤️🎃
At the water’s edge, a cat strikes the pose of a tiger stalking prey, only to find its own bright reflection looking back. Keisuke (@kei_tachibana1114) captured this moment in Aoshima Island, Japan, one of the country’s “cat islands.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @kei_tachibana1114
No #tinycanvas challenge is too great for nail artist Aki Hirayama (@aki_newnail.ny) — even if it involves creating portraits of pop stars or pop artists. “Recently someone asked me to paint all the different faces of Marilyn Monroe on their nails, an exact replica of Andy Warhol’s artwork,” says Aki, a manicurist who lives in New York. “It took four hours to complete.” Aki also loves the collaborative nature of each manicure. “I would love to do Mariah Carey’s nails someday,” she says. “She demands perfection and I would be up for it.” Photo by @aki_newnail.ny
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
Ziyah Gafic (@ziyahgafic) has his #EyesOn on a buried past, beneath a landscape once known as Yugoslavia. “I was a teenager during war time,” says the Sarajevo-based photographer, whose world was shattered when his nation was engulfed by ethnic conflict, some 20 years ago. “I was raised and shaped by war.” Now a professional photojournalist, Ziyah’s work has taken him around the world from Saudi Arabia to Zimbabwe. He uses images of his homeland to seek closure with its troubled history: “Nature overtakes us and covers our misdeeds.” Photo by @ziyahgafic
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.
“We were exploring some of the galleries at the Sharjah Art Foundation in United Arab Emirates, and at the same time looking for spots to take group photos,” says Mark Anthony Hebres (@est0y) of his #WHPfreetime submission, which captures his favorite pastime — hanging with friends. Photo by @est0y
Hello, world. It’s time to meet this week’s #WeeklyFluff, Mamba (@originalvampirecat). “I love aggressively snuggling with every human I ever meet,” says the “Transylvanian” polydactyl rescue with one adorably spooky overbite. “I also love jumping 6 feet in the air for no reason and darting around the apartment quicker than a bat in flight!” Mamba was adopted by his human — he calls her “meowmmy” — in Los Angeles. “The second I was let out of my cage, I climbed onto her shoulders and went straight for her neck,” Mamba recalls. “But I nuzzled her instead of biting her right away, to make sure I would woo her enough to bring me home.” Follow @originalvampirecat to keep up with all of Mamba’s adventures.
Seaside lounging in Spain is the perfect way to spend some #WHPfreetime — striped socks optional. Follow along for more of our favorite submissions from last weekend's hashtag project. Photo by @venkatesulu
“My version of #PerfectlyMe is letting go of the never-ending fight to be someone else. #PerfectlyMe invites ME back into the equation, not as a form of settling for myself, but as an act of welcoming that self home, accepting her singularities, celebrating her deviance.” —Rebekah Taussig (@sitting_pretty), a writer, teacher and PhD candidate who lives in Kansas City, Missouri. “Growing up with a disability, I developed a lot of coping mechanisms early in life — detaching from my body, always smiling no matter what I was experiencing on the inside, never admitting sadness or shame. Even when I received the positive affirmation I was seeking, it was never enough to make me feel full. With time — so much time — I’ve been working to shift that burden of acceptance to myself. Accepting myself frees me up to actually experience life — to use this instrument I’m living in. Why do we treat our bodies as objects to beat into submission, to criticize into doing better, to overcome and rise above? I want to work with my body. I think we’ll get further and fuller that way, but it’s slow. I’m learning.” Who or what inspires you to feel #PerfectlyMe? Use the hashtag to share your story. Photo by @sitting_pretty
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
Donald Miralle (@donaldmiralle) was poised to capture the start of a triathlon in Hawaii when this majestic turtle crossed his path. “Since 2000, I’ve been photographing the Ironman World Championship in Kona and taken this underwater angle of the mass swim start. I’ve seen fish and a bunch of triathletes down there, but never a turtle!” says the photographer. “He did two slow passes and then disappeared into deep water, and I didn’t see him again. I couldn’t help but feel so fortunate to have been in that moment and have him choose to swim by me.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @donaldmiralle
Nacho Rodríguez Perez (@naseke) gave life to 37 balloons at once, all for our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. The filmmaker’s celebration of Instagram’s sixth birthday was no easy feat, but the added bonus = his daughter got a kick out of it. Our favorite element is the single bird flying high over Valencia, Spain’s clear, blue sky. Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @naseke