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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
“Life is not just about winning and losing — it’s about developing and growing along the way,” says tennis champion and men’s singles number one Novak Djokovic (@djokernole), the top seeded contender at the US Open, kicking off this week in New York City. Off court, Novak is committed to his healthy lifestyle. “To feel good and to perform like a true champion, no matter where we play the game of our lives, we need to sync our physical, mental and emotional selves.” What’s next on the horizon? “You would be surprised how many goals and plans I have,” Novak says. “There are so many things I would still love to learn, to accomplish and to taste. I hope every one of my future endeavors will be intertwined with love, which doesn’t cost anything, but is so powerful on so many levels.” Photo by @djokernole
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
Ley Uwera (@leyuwera1) was on a motorcycle when she snapped this photo of a two-wheeled wedding procession in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. “In Congo, each province or city celebrates marriage to the standards of its culture,” says the photographer from Goma, who shares vibrant moments from her native country. “The images speak for themselves even for those who have never visited the Congo.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @leyuwera1
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
“There are many scenes happening in India at the same time,” says photographer Elena del Estal (@elenadelestal) who spotted these goats just before sunset outside of Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, in the town of Tiruttani. “Often you can find animals like goats or cows around the temples, being fed by the leftovers of believers’ offerings to the gods.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @elenadelestal
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
What’s life like for a young joey at the Kangaroo Sanctuary (@thekangaroosanctuary)? “You’ve got to imitate mom’s pouch. For a little orphaned kangaroo, we put him in a pillowcase, and we carry him around by holding him to our stomachs, so he can feel our breathing and the warmth of our bodies,” says Christopher “Brolga” Barns, who spent a decade as a zookeeper before establishing 200 acres (81 hectares) of bushland in Alice Springs for raising and rehabilitating kangaroos, earning himself the nickname Kangaroo Dundee. “It’s a very common animal in Australia, and we take it for granted. So I wanted to set up a place that celebrates the animal.” Brolga leads tours of the sanctuary — which many visitors are surprised to learn don’t begin until sunset. “A lot of people are unaware that they’re actually a nocturnal animal,” he explains. Despite his love for raising ‘roos, Brolga’s overarching mission is to promote a natural coexistence. “It is really a lifelong dream to be able to have wild animals in your care, and to watch them grow up; and then one day, if everything goes well, watch them run off into the sunset and live a wild life.” Video by @thekangaroosanctuary
To celebrate the Centennial of the US National Park Service, photographer Chris Burkhard (@chrisburkard) is exploring Montana’s Glacier National Park (@glaciernps) and taking us along on his breathtaking adventure. Watch our Instagram story to follow Chris as he takes in the tall peaks, clear waters and hidden treasures that make Glacier National Park magical. 🌲✨ #FindYourPark Photo by @chrisburkard
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
“Color is everywhere,” artist Matt Crump (@mattcrump), the mind behind #candyminimal, says. “You just have to be aware of it and be ready and willing to drop everything you’re doing to have an impromptu photo shoot.” The former art director based in Austin, Texas, uses his experience from the advertising world to create his whimsical and captivating posts, all in his trademark pastels. “My passion for color started when I was a kid. I loved Van Gogh, Dr. Seuss and Andy Warhol — all of whom used bright, bold colors.” Matt started #candyminimal to coin his signature style, and today community members from all over the globe participate. “It pushes people’s creativity in new directions and lets them express themselves in ways they might not have considered before.” Watch today’s Instagram story to learn how Matt creates stop-motion animations, like this spinning pinwheel. Video by @mattcrump
Jakub Pavlovsky (@bookscalling) started his ongoing photo project Book’s Calling for the love of books. The 23-year-old journalism student from Prague documents the reading breaks he takes all over the city — not to mention the places he visits, like this scenic overlook in Dresden, Germany. “It is really easy to read anywhere and anytime, and there is no excuse to not read.” #WHPbookworm Photo by @bookscalling
“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
Father of two @futago_no_utarita captures a moment of twinning story time for #WHPbookworm, right down to their leg warmers. (This is definitely one to add to the family album.) Photo by @futago_no_utarita