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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPinthestudio The goal of this weekend’s hashtag project is to photograph the places you or a fellow artist go to be creative. The project takes inspiration from London-based artist and guest curator Helen Downie (@unskilledworker), best known for her fashion-inspired portraits and paintings. Here are Helen’s tips to get started: Show off your unique studio space. “Concentrate on how important it is to have your own area — outside, inside, wherever, somewhere where you can just be,” says Helen. “I think that everybody needs that.” Photograph artists working, focusing on how different locations inspire people differently. “I sit in one chair to sketch. And then I go upstairs to a very small room to paint. And it’s always the same,” Helen says. “It’s just habit.” Experiment with Hyperlapse and Boomerang to capture the artistic process, whether a painting coming to life or behind the scenes of a photo shoot in video form. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPinthestudio 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. Photo by @unskilledworker
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
You nearly smell the earth and woods in Francine de Mattos’ (@fotografeumaideia) photos. A resident of Salete, a small town of 7,000 people in Santa Catarina, Brazil, she shares snapshots of the region’s scenery. “When I am not taking pictures for work, I go for a ride on my motorcycle. On these trips, I rediscover the place where I live,” the 25-year-old photographer says. “I love to hear a good story from someone who has lived for a long time.” Francine fell for photography 10 years ago while still in high school. “My motivation is nostalgia. I lost my maternal grandmother before I got a camera, and so I do not have a picture of her that I took. It is this absence that makes me want to photograph everything and everyone.” Check out @instagrambrasil to discover more stories from the region. Photo by @fotografeumaideia
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
“I love the look on his face I was able to capture when he realized what was happening,” says Janelle Darnell (@janelledarnell) of her spontaneous #WHPfreetime submission, which she captioned, “When daddy’s free time is interrupted by hers.” Photo by @janelledarnell
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
Friends take a sunny joyride in this #WHPfreetime submission from Chicago. Follow along for more of our favorite submissions from last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @aj_trela
“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
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
Juri Taniguchi (@kotorimi) paused to admire these shimmering, reflecting bubbles during a visit to the Setouchi Triennale, an art festival held on a dozen islands in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @kotorimi
For traveling fashion photographer and stylist Trevor Stuurman (@trevor_stuurman), home is wherever the Wi-Fi connects. Whether he’s styling a shoot in South Africa or speaking on a panel in Rwanda, he’s an advocate for African fashion and culture. “I support the local fashion industry in various ways, such as wearing local, shooting local and making a noise about our local talent,” Trevor, who is based in Johannesburg, says. To people who imagine the continent as a nascent location for fashion, Trevor says it’s time to catch up: “Africa is now! We are here, educated, empowered and highly relevant. We are awakening to our own beauty and celebrating that every day.” Photo by @trevor_stuurman
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfreetime The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by what you enjoy doing in your spare time. Here’s how to get started: Whether it’s a full day or a few minutes in the middle of a hectic schedule, share the creative or crafty hobby or activity you look forward to when you have time to yourself. If your free time = social time, show your circle of family and friends and how you value their company. Focus on capturing the mood of your unstructured breaks: Are you seeking a quiet space to recharge, a thrilling adventure or something in between? PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfreetime 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 photo by @pepesilva_
Nico Young (@nicobyoung) wants the world to understand that teenage photographers are a force to be reckoned with. He should know: The 17-year-old had his work published on the cover of The New York Times Magazine — teasing to a 12-page spread inside. “I just want other teens to understand how valuable their perspective is,” says the native Californian. “Young people can be so creative.” Nico has been photographing his friends since the point-and-shoot days, but landed this assignment when a teacher shared his work with the Times. “Young photographers are in a special position because no adult can capture teenage life with the same intimacy and honesty that a teenager can,” says Nico. “I am not just a witness to the actions in the photos; I am a participant. I am in the images.” Nico plans on preserving his time capsule of teenagehood as long as possible: “I feel a lot of pressure to capture it all before I’m not a kid anymore. I want to appreciate it while it lasts.” Photo by @nicobyoung