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
This blissful water-prancing pup was spotted by Eugeni Simó Queralt (@ultraheroi) at the end of a fun-filled day in Catalonia. “When I saw the happiness of the dog in the water, I caught that amazing and funny moment,” he says. “Platja del Trabucador and Terres de l’Ebre are places that I recommend visiting, because they are magical.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ultraheroi
According to architecture student Karl Ndieli (@karl_shakur), our #BoomerangOfTheWeek was taken from one of the best stargazing spots in Kansas. ✨ As the sun went down, he and his classmate Sita (pictured) hand-picked wild sunflowers, sewed them into her crown and made this Boomerang. “My favorite part is the tiny little star that shoots straight at the lens,” Karl says. “I feel like I’m getting glitter blown at me every time I watch.” 🌟 Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @karl_shakur
For Kaia Gerber (@kaiagerber) and Presley Gerber (@presleygerber) — siblings whose mother is legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) — modeling is on a very short list of things they have in common. “We are so not similar,” says Presley, who is 17. Well, there might be one more thing they share. “We have similar senses of humor,” says Kaia, who is 15. “But we are different because he is more laid back whereas I’m more of a go-getter.” To see more from Teen Vogue’s (@teenvogue) Young Hollywood Party on Friday night, watch our Instagram story. #tvyounghollywood #Boomerang by @kaiagerber
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
Aaron Caddel has had a love affair with carbs for as long as he can remember. Two years ago, he opened the first Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (@mrholmesbakehouse), a pastry palace filled with out-of-the-box treats like strawberry- and jasmine tea-filled doughnuts and white chocolate matcha cruffins (a croissant and muffin hybrid). Aaron and his team have dreamed up so many drool-worthy recipes that their store in San Francisco experienced an unusual robbery: “When we got there, they had left the cash drawer, equipment — even our iPad was safe. The only thing that was missing was our recipe book. That night we knew we were seriously on to something.” As customers enjoy sweet treats in one of the four stores — there are locations in California and South Korea — many take photos featuring the neon signs, gold foil peace signs and tiled floors that make the space stand out. This is exactly what Aaron had hoped for: “It is amazing how close and connected you can feel to a person through a collage of their lives. We wanted our brand to be a part of that culture.” This feature is part of #MadeToCreate, a new series highlighting our community of entrepreneurs, makers and artisans on Instagram. Photo of @mrholmesbakehouse by @junissahardianto
TV producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes) has been writing stories since before she could spell. “I used to dictate stories into a tape recorder and try to get my mom to type them up,” says the woman behind hits like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” “I don’t remember, but I’m betting that even at 3, I felt proud.” Today, Shonda’s shows are known for plot twists and sharp dialogue, but there’s no magic formula; she instinctively knows when an episode is complete. “It’s like a good lasagna — you know when it’s done because when you open the oven and look at it, everything about it looks right.” To go on set and behind the scenes with Shonda, tap our profile pic and check out our Instagram story. Photo by @shondarhimes
For 30 years, Marian Newman (@mariannewman) has been making nails her #tinycanvas at London Fashion Week, and in that time, she’s used unconventional materials, including beetle wings, ice, graphite and thorns. “I love the challenge of making anything into a nail,” she says. “I love realizing an idea on that little area of the human body so it completes a story.” Though Marian often creates these nails backstage, there is no location too remote for nail art. “I’ve done nails in a cornfield, in a muddy field, alongside an Icelandic lake and in a tent on an Amalfi coastal road.” Photo by @mariannewman
“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
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Princess Pumpkin (@pumpkinthepocketalpaca) is a sweet and lovable lady who defied the odds. Pumpkin weighed just 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms) when she was born, but after much TLC, this little fighter is thriving at home on a ranch outside of Los Angeles. Follow @pumpkinthepocketalpaca to watch the adventures of this pint-sized princess.
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
Growing up in Kolkata, Ronny Sen (@ronnysen) had no particular ambition to be anything. Before long, though, he realized he had stories to tell — and soon discovered a medium to tell them in. “I was quite drawn towards photography,” says Ronny, 29, now a professional photographer and a recipient of a 2016 Getty Images Instagram Grant. “It just became a mad obsession, like some sort of game you suddenly fall in love with.” His photo project “The End” (@whatdoestheendoftimelooklike) visualizes a post-apocalyptic world in the backdrop of chaos and resilience in the coal fields of Jharia, India. “This is a place where historically literally everyone has failed. I hope that this project can initiate a dialogue and show people a small glimpse of a possible future that is coming towards us.” Ronny will be exhibiting his work at this year’s Photoville (@photovillenyc) in Brooklyn, taking place September 21-25. Photo of @whatdoestheendoftimelooklike by @ronnysen
For a trip to Brazil’s Lagoa Misteriosa (Mysterious Lagoon), Stefania Kreitlon and Helder Góes (@trouxedela) packed an alligator mask. “The view instantly reminded me of the magic realism of Gabriel García Márquez, due to the unreal and improbable scenery we were gazing at,” says Stefania. “How better to portray this place than with a little more magic: a half-human, half-alligator creature climbing underwater wooden stairs?” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @trouxedela