“Just another spontaneous capture of my pup, Momo, reminding me to pause and appreciate the simplest things,” says Cin (@mobibear), Momo’s owner, who submitted this image of her dog soaking up the sun for last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPlightplay. Photo by @mobibear
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Kerimcan (@catkerimcan) is a calico cat who loves lounging on laps and sticking out a very long 👅. This kitty was abandoned at a shelter after a shoulder dislocation, but more than two years after being adopted, Kerimcan can now run, jump and pounce like any other frisky feline. Keep your feed cat-powered by following @catkerimcan.
A single beam straight to the ❤️— Héctor (@hectorlovall) found the light in Spain, leading to this #WHPlightplay submission. Photo by @hectorlovall
Aizhar Alih (@aizharalih) captured the essence of #WHPlightplay by elevating a triangle of light into a sidewalk encounter. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions this week. Photo by @aizharalih
Keisuke Inagaki (@keinagaki) is the owner and chef of an Italian restaurant in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture, but he is best known for crafting intricate pancake art. Keisuke started flipping pancakes in 2014 and now has a portfolio that ranges from pastiches of traditional Japanese woodblock prints to portraits of Prince and C-3PO. “In 2014, I was volunteering with kids displaced from their homes in Fukushima after the Tohoku earthquake [and nuclear power plant disaster], where they could play outdoors in a safe environment,” Keisuke explains. “I would hold cooking lessons with their mothers, and in order to surprise the kids, I started incorporating pancake art. It was a huge success.” Video by @keinagaki
A lush red lake and a patterned shirt to match — Majid Saeedi (@majidsaeedi) captured this moment shared by a mother and her daughter at Lake Urmia, a salty lake located in Iran. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @majidsaeedi
A boy takes the plunge in a rural Bengal village in this photo captured by Monica Tiwari (@monicatiwari). “My travels in India leave me awed at her beauty, and this is just one of the scenes I was fortunate enough to witness and capture,” says the photographer from Varanasi, India. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @monicatiwari
Born to a single mom and raised by his grandmother, Christian Rodríguez’s (@christian_foto) world and work has always centered around women. “My mother had me when she was 17 years old, one of my sisters was a mother at the age of 16 — this reality has always been close to my life,” says Christian, a Uruguayan photographer and one of the recipients of this year’s Getty Images Instagram Grant. His work documenting teenage mothers in Latin America will be shown at Photoville (@photovillenyc), taking place in Brooklyn September 21-25. “I want to show an everyday, contemporary vision of women. The visibility of this issue and the implementation of medium- and long-term measures are essential to generate a change. More work is needed on the empowerment of girls.” Photo by @christian_foto
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPlightplay Get out your glow sticks, lanterns and any other surprising sources of light you can find. The goal this weekend is to make darkness come alive in your pictures and videos. Here’s how to get started: Trace swirls or shapes with a handheld light (like a flashlight or sparklers) — and be sure to use a longer exposure or video to capture your creation. Look for reflective surfaces in your surroundings (like windows and mirrors) that you can bounce light off of. This way, you don’t need to use a flash, but your subject will be bright. If you’re attending a concert, festival or other evening event, be on the lookout for neon signs and stage lighting. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPlightplay 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. Featured phto by @delauvid
“An adventure means not knowing what to expect next,” says Tobias Meyer (@cosmokoala). The 22-year-old, who works as a photo assistant in Bern, Switzerland, is not a fan of a planned-out life — staying spontaneous and making memories are the driving forces behind his travels to secluded landscapes like the Swiss Alps or the Faroe Islands. Constantly on the lookout for places rarely photographed, Tobias shares his golden rule: “The harder it is to get to the subject, the more unique the photograph will ultimately be.” His dream? Traveling for an entire year and deciding spontaneously which destination will be next. Check out @instagramde for more stories from the German-speaking community. Photo by @cosmokoala
In the age of 14 million pixels, Jean-Jacques Calbayrac (@gameboycameraman) requires 128. Jean-Jacques, a photographer and gamer, roams the streets of London with his Game Boy Camera, a cartridge that attaches to the classic Nintendo game. “It was released in 1998, and it’s just a very, very cheap camera. You lose every single detail, and today we are more attached to the details than to anything else,” says Jean-Jacques, who is originally from Monaco. “We need to let go of the details and get back to the shape. The functions of this camera are so limited that it is like a journey in time in the history of photography. We are going back to the birth of digital photography.” To discover more stories from the French-speaking world, follow @instagramfr. Photo by @gameboycameraman
“Food is an important part of my culture. It’s always about bringing family and friends together,” says Emmanuel Carvajal Hernández (@emmanuelcarvajal), who made this photo during #WWIM14🍴 in Mexico’s Parque Tangamanga. “I met these Instagrammers that day, but I really felt as if I knew them from years ago! Food not only gives us the chance to talk and reunite, but also it’s a great opportunity to share the very best of us,” he adds. Photo by @emmanuelcarvajal
Girma Berta (@gboxcreative) takes to the streets of his hometown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to document the fruit stands and the shoe shiners, the young and the old, the delivery boys and the shopkeepers — and everything in between. “I look for people with a great story that I feel like need to be captured. I also look for their lively interaction with each other and their environment,” says the 26-year-old photographer and a recipient of this year’s Getty Images Instagram Grant. “I am trying to address the immortalizing of my city’s current state, and so much that has been lost in the past without being properly documented.” Girma will be exhibiting his work at this year’s Photoville (@photovillenyc) festival in Brooklyn, taking place September 21-25. Photo by @gboxcreative
In Singapore, @desmondoteo lined up a few friends to make his chopsticks appear larger than life. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #WWIM14🍴 this week. Photo by @desmondoteo
Cheers to Silvano Ballone (@s.ballone.photography) for sharing this 🌎-inspired picnic from Hamburg, Germany. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from Worldwide InstaMeet 14 this week. Photo by @s.ballone.photography