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This weekend, Julia Blease (@juliablease) combined her Instagram story drawing skills with a Boomerang bubble to make a #WHPdrawit submission that truly pops. Stay tuned for more of our favorite images from the project. #Boomerang by @juliablease
Illustrator Jaesuk Kim (@jaesukkim) creates whimsical, swirling gowns for his imaginary muses — he calls them his “SusuGirls.” It always starts with a silhouette. “I add shapes, lines and textures spontaneously to create an abstract and fluid form to represent couture-like dresses,” Jaesuk, who splits his time between Seoul and Sydney, says. One of his favorite techniques involves a watercolor brush pen. “I squeeze water droplets from the brush, then watercolors are added onto these droplets.” Jaesuk urges other artists to never fear mistakes: “I think the beauty of watercolor is that even if you make a mistake, it somehow adds a special touch to it.” This story is part of our new series #FashionIllustrated, stories of artists from around the world who are using their imaginations to bring style to life. Video by @jaesukkim
Tonight, the @mtv Video Music Awards are happening in New York City. Beyoncé is there. Plus Kanye and Rihanna and... Come to think of it, most of the music world will be in attendance. So sit back, relax and check out our Instagram story, where we’ll be going behind the scenes to capture the night’s fun and crazy moments (because you know they’re coming). #VMAs
From way up here, all those beach umbrellas look like 🍬! We love the yummy summer colors in this photo from Okinawa, Japan, by Takahiro Taguchi (@tak_tag). Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @tak_tag
Every week, we’re showcasing some of the most creative community hashtags on Instagram. Today we’re highlighting #PlantsOnPink. “I like the hashtag because it is a meditation on color,” explains painter Stella Maria Baer (@stellamariabaer). “I spend a lot of time thinking about the colors of the desert in the Southwest where I grew up. Adobe walls often show up in the #PlantsOnPink photographs, some from my hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico.” The cactus gardens of Arizona and California are the perfect place to snap a photo and contribute to the hashtag, but for those who can’t travel so far, Stella assures us: any pink wall will do. Photo by @stellamariabaer
Parque das Nações Indígenas, in Campo Grande, Brazil, was taken over by a sea of red waves (and curls) this week. When Murilo Lorentz (@loucolorentz) learned about the local redhead gathering, he knew he wanted to capture the special occasion. “I just wanted to convey all this beauty in various shades.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @loucolorentz
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdrawit The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that spring to life with your own original drawings — like this one by @smcmennamy. Here’s how to get started: Transform any photo or video from your Instagram story into a doodle masterpiece by mixing and matching the built-in drawing tools and then share directly to your feed! Don’t feel confined to a pencil and paper: Experiment with drawing in the sand, foggy windows or any other canvas that you find. Use Boomerang to capture a satisfying final touch, like the last loop to close a flower. Set your phone or camera on a steady surface (or a tripod) and envision the fixed frame as a blank page to be filled. Think big: If you point your lens at an empty sidewalk, fill the entire frame with chalk art. Challenge yourself to try something new. For example, have a friend record your attempt to draw with your eyes closed or draw an urban scene without letting yourself lift your drawing utensil from the surface you’re drawing on. Be sure your video shows the context that makes your drawing experiment unique. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPdrawit 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 video by @smcmennamy
“Watching the pageantry and super-stylized outfits and hairstyles, one might sometimes lose sight of the statements being made at Afropunk (@afropunk). Identity and defining one’s own beauty is a huge and important part of what is being celebrated at the festival. Feathers, placards, pins, African cloth, elaborate earrings, septum [piercings] and even colorful socks are here at some point, echoing a belief in the many spectrums of beauty.” —photographer and activist Ruddy Roye (@ruddyroye), who was on the ground at the Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn last year. Watch our Instagram story this weekend to check out all of the eclectic, diverse and inspiring moments from this year’s festival. Photo by @ruddyroye
There’s an intimate connection between Hiba Nabulsii (@hibanabulsii) and the people she photographs — one she can only explain with her camera. “It’s like we don’t even need to speak to understand each other,” the 20-year-old Jordanian art student says. In the battle between words and pictures, Hiba’s victor is clear. “I don’t know how to reflect my thoughts in words or writing, but I know how to convey them through photographs,” she says. "I like taking photos of people when they’re happy or are in a state of creativity and contemplation,” Hiba explains. “All these moments I capture build up to reflect my own world.” Photo by @hibanabulsii
When most people think of US national parks, they think about pristine wilderness. But for ranger Keith Gortowski of Denali National Park and Preserve (@denalinps) in Alaska, it’s about the people in service of these enchanted places — so he’s been collecting their stories in #HumansofDenali. “The park itself is a challenge,” says fellow ranger Nick Virgil (@nick.virgil). “We talk a lot about what a good life we live out here, but what makes it a good life are the trials and tribulations that come with it. That’s what Denali offers. Not just for the rangers or the visitors, but for the wildlife and even the landscape itself.” For Nick, these challenges come with great rewards. “It’s an adventure into the unexpected. That’s the kind of feeling that gets you going, that you feel deep down inside yourself. Where else can you get that?” August 25 marks the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service. Celebrate and #FindYourPark. 🌲 Photo of park ranger @nick.virgil by @cabendroth7
Rodrigo Friscione (@rodrigofriscione) wasn’t born underwater, but it was close enough. His father owned a dive shop in Cancún, Mexico. “As long as I can remember, I was surrounded by diving — tanks, boats, gear, fish, all of it,” the 32-year-old photographer, who still lives in Cancún, says. Rodrigo works for Pelagic Life, a Mexican organization focused on protecting the high seas. “Most of our efforts center on shark fishing, because sharks are on the brink of extinction; they are a representative species of oceans worldwide.” On a family trip to the Galápagos in 2003, Rodrigo started playing around with a camera, and he’s documented his underwater adventures since. His photos offer a breathtaking view of the wildlife beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific. “My favorite subjects are marine mammals, they are incredibly smart and they interact with you when you are underwater,” he says. Photo by @rodrigofriscione
Matilde Gattoni (@matildegattoni) has her #EyesOn the world’s displaced communities. Working across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the Italian photographer’s stories are driven by realizations she makes on the ground. “I was very surprised to learn that there are 13 countries along the coast of West Africa that are seriously being affected by the consequences of climate change,” she says. “One day we were in a very small village in Ghana, and there was a very severe high tide. And in just one night, that village lost 5 meters [16 feet] of land.” Matilde intentionally covers a broad range of countries and scenarios to highlight the interconnectedness of environmental issues. “Climate change in [another] part of the world is caused by the fact that the icebergs are melting north of Europe,” she explains. Some observers have commented that she seems especially focused on women, but Matilde sees it differently: “It’s often women that fight for their lives, the survival of their families. ‘What if this was me? What if this was my life?’ This is what I really hope that readers see in my pictures.” Photo by @matildegattoni
“Books have always fascinated me, because one can be dragged into another world where everything is possible,” says Norwegian music teacher Ingvild Aksnes Rebnord (@oyeblikk) of this submission to #WHPbookworm. Follow along as we feature some more of our favorite submissions to the project. Photo by @oyeblikk
World, we hope you’re ready for today’s #WeeklyFluff. Say hello to Bunny Louie And Lulu (@bunnyloulu), who, despite their age difference — Louie is 4 and Lulu is just 6-months-old — get along splendidly. For more happy, hoppy moments in your feed, follow @bunnyloulu on Instagram. And be sure to watch this whole video, the end is well worth it. 🐇 🐇 Video by @bunnyloulu
Stacks on stacks — @irinahp is right at home on this spiral staircase with a book in hand. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from #WHPbookworm. #Boomerang of @irinahp by @me_and_mango