Featured photo by @hobopeeba Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcircles This weekend, we’re seeing circles. Take your cue from this featured photo by Kristina Makeeva (@hobopeeba), and read on for some tips to get started: Focus on round forms in nature. Point your lens toward a bubble in the water, a piece of fruit or even the moon. Find circles at home. Set the table for dinner and take a photo of the plates from above, or capture how the light shines in through a circular window. Bring friends and family into the frame. Make a video of hula-hooping in the park, or of a friend holding up a freshly baked pie. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPcircles hashtag only to photos and videos shared 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 shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @bunnymelv Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Melvin and Bianca (@bunnymelv), two bunnies living their best cage-free life in Sweden. “Melvin and Bianca liked each other immediately, but have two very different personalities,” says their human, Felicia Ohlsson. “Melvin is very curious and outgoing and follows me around everywhere. Bianca is independent and has a lot of energy — she loves to climb on furniture and windowsills.” With her account, Felicia hopes to educate others on keeping rabbits as cage-free pets. “The training process from caged to cage-free is quite simple but needs to be taken slowly,” she says. “But it’s all worth it, because bunnies make such great company.”
“Tokyo is my second home,” says Pharrell Williams ( @pharrell), who recently spent a day in the city stopping in on some of his favorite spots. “The city has had this incredible impression on me since the first time I came here. It feels like going to another world, where humility is so thick in the air; as soon as the humidity hits you when you get off the plane, so does the humility. The people have an incredible appreciation for others, and they are some of the most amazing collectors of not just things, but also experiences.” Join Pharrell as he shops, eats and strolls in Tokyo, today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @udta_firta Excellent timing, bird. 👏 #WHPhidden
Photo by @rodrigogzmn After a rainstorm, Rodrigo Guzmán (@rodrigogzmn) was photographing water droplets when he noticed the leaves staring back at him. 😸 “I was inspired by the mystery conveyed when you see something hidden in those shadows,” he writes. #WHPhidden
Photo by @alwaysmaylee “Every night, my daughters run a series of stall tactics before bed,” says Yi-chia McMahon (@alwaysmaylee). “They were trying to convince us that there was a bunny in the backyard and that the bunny was just hiding.” Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPhidden
Photo by @mimles Professional makeup artist and instructor Mimi Choi’s (@mimles) double take-worthy illusionist looks are inspired by textures, patterns, digital art, surrealist artists (like Salvador Dali)… and her sleep paralysis. “This is a condition in which my body is asleep, but my mind is conscious, and I experience vivid and often frightening hallucinations,” explains Mimi, who was born in Macau and immigrated to Vancouver when she was 13. “I use these episodes to fuel my creativity. The odd thing is that once I paint a certain look, I stop experiencing that particular hallucination. My art is definitely therapeutic for me!” Watch Mimi apply one of her signature looks on our story and our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @deevitee That feeling when you’re juuuuust too tall for #WHPhidden.
Photo by @a_bunchofdogs Good try, buddy! We still spotted you. #WHPhidden
Photo by @dieggoo A natural hiding spot for #WHPhidden 🌿👀 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Photo by @amivitale American photographer, filmmaker and writer Ami Vitale (@amivitale) tirelessly shares the story of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), an organization in northern Kenya that rescues, raises and releases orphaned and abandoned baby elephants. “I want to shine a light on these unsung heroes that are out there changing the destiny of their own landscape,” says Ami. Due to ivory poaching and climate change, more and more elephants are in need of care and protection. Reteti was founded in 2016 by the native Samburu people to meet that need. “This place is 100 percent indigenously owned and run, which makes it different from every other elephant sanctuary, where there are a lot of outsiders and volunteers,” says Ami. “It’s really unique, and it gives the Samburu people a lot of pride. I want people to know about this place because it’s incredibly inspiring, and could be a blueprint for others.” 🐘 Today is #WorldElephantDay. To celebrate, join Ami at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Featured photo by @brookedidonato Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhidden This weekend for #WHPhidden, the goal is to play a visual game of hide-and-seek. Here are some tips to get you started: Play peekaboo. Take a portrait of a friend peering out from behind a curtain or through their fingers, or capture your pup’s paws sticking out from underneath the bedding on a lazy Sunday morning. Blend in with your environment. Dress in colors that provide camouflage, or use your body to mimic shapes and shadows in the background. Pull the camera back so you have to search to find the subject of your photo within the wide frame. Show us your favorite hideaways. Head out to an off-the-grid cabin for the weekend, or spend an afternoon in solitude in a quiet corner of your favorite coffee shop. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPhidden hashtag only to photos and videos shared 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 shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @loriastern When Lori Stern’s (@loriastern) interests in edible flowers and organic cooking came together, her shortbread cookies were born. “The first time I made them, I used basic edible plants like nasturtium, lavender and sage,” says Lori, a chef and caterer living in Southern California. Immediately, she noticed that some of the flowers stayed bright and beautiful after they came out of the oven, and others lost their color. “It’s like a never-ending science experiment,” says Lori, who, after many batches of cookies, has figured out many of her favorite flowers to bake with, like pomegranate petal, calendula, geraniums and pansies. Whether she’s decorating cookies, custom wedding cakes or savory brunch recipes, Lori loves every step of her work. “It’s so gratifying to feed people. I think it's the highest form of love.” Watch how Lori makes her flower-topped cookies on our Instagram story and our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @george_and_troja Hello, world! Meet today's #WeeklyFluff: Troja (@george_and_troja), an Irish setter mix who can often be found exploring the majestic Norwegian outdoors. “We live close to the countryside with the forest as our backyard, so she has been running between the trees since she was little,” says George, Troja’s human. “Troja wasn’t the most social or the strongest pup, but after years of challenging her to explore new things, see new places and meet other dogs and people, she has grown into a playful dog with an equal amount of passion for adventure and snacks.”
Today, we’re in West Hollywood with Awkwafina ( @awkwafina) and Henry Golding ( @henrygolding), two stars from the new movie “Crazy Rich Asians” ( @crazyrichasians). Tune in to our story and our IGTV channel now to hear them chat (over spicy avocado toast) about the craziest things they’ve done for love. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @dashapears.art As part of her ongoing photo series, “Me and Myself,” photographer Dasha Pears (@dashapears.art) explores the idea of one person having two different sides of their self. “#WHPbestfriends is a way for me to show people that the most important person you should always be friends with is yourself.”
Photo by @piggy_andthebrain Indy and Juno (@piggy_andthebrain) head off together, sniffing out a scent. “We got Juno a month ago and they are inseparable,” says Kendra DeWitt, their human. “Juno has been wonderful for Indy and is bringing him out of his shell. And Indy has been teaching her the wonderful things in life, like exploring a good trail.” #WHPbestfriends
Photo by @laurajhnstn On the way to her kids’ school celebration of “Superhero Day,” Laura Prietto (@laurajhnstn) captured her children in action. “My kids are 22 months apart, and while they certainly fight sometimes, they really are each other’s best friend,” she says. “When I saw #WHPbestfriends, I knew it applied to these two in my life.” Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Photo by @dianewithonen Isn’t it the best how hanging with your BFF can lift you up? #WHPbestfriends
Photo by @beingbirch “Sometimes all you need is a hug from your best friend.” 💞 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPbestfriends.
Photo by @calamityneko For Patricia Abbygail (@calamityneko), her love of art started with an unexpected subject: blueberry bushes. “I got interested in art after my oldest cousin taught me how to draw and kept on complimenting the blueberry bushes I drew as a kid,” says the 18-year-old student from Jakarta, Indonesia. “That really gave me a confidence boost back then. She also introduced me to anime and games. From there, I learned how to draw, and how to understand English more.” To see more of Patricia’s process, check out our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Featured photo by @petrastockhausen Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbestfriends This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture the connection between best friends. Here are some tips to get you started: Show the similarities. Take photos of friends dressing in the same colors, or a video of a group outing at the beach. Capture candid scenes. In larger groups or one-on-one, document your friends cooking, dancing, exploring or even hugging. Share unexpected pairings — best friends don’t have to be human. Video a good snuggle session between furry BFFs in the park — or even two cars parked close together that look like they’d get along. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPbestfriends hashtag only to photos and videos shared 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 shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @anthony_cataldo Anthony Cataldo’s (@anthony_cataldo) favorite part about scootering? The freedom. “I get to pick my own times to practice, and I don’t have to rely on anyone else to do well,” says the 18-year-old, who was born and raised on Staten Island, New York. Anthony started scootering when he was 6 but began learning more tricks — like a “flair,” a 180-degree backflip — when he was 14. These days, when he’s not teaching lessons at the local skate park, Anthony travels the world performing in scootering competitions. “Some of my goals are to get to the world championships and make it to the finals.” Watch some of Anthony’s tricks today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @tony_noel We’re flipping out for this sunrise #WHPlight submission.
Photo by @sabbyy.sg “Sunsets and sunrise are my favorite things,” says Sourabh Gandhi (@sabbyy.sg), a software engineer who captured this #WHPlight submission in a northern Indian valley. “As far as I understand it, there can’t be a photograph without good light.”
Photo by @cooper_the_frenchie “What? Is there something behind me?” 😳 #WHPlight
Photo by @wild.rocks We owe this #WHPlight submission to a cloud that got in Ola’s (@wild.rocks) way. “I wanted to catch with my camera beautiful light that is coming in the afternoon into my bedroom. But when I started to take a photos, a huge cloud came out of nowhere,” she writes in her caption. After 30 minutes the sun showed up, and she captured these sharp and deep shadows. “Sometimes it’s good to let things go, but just in case, always keep your camera ready.” 😅
Photo by @thismintymoment Looks like these afternoon shadows decided to show up — and show off — for #WHPlight.
Photo by @gitalex Sunset, meet waterfall. We think you’re a match made in #WHPlight heaven. Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project.
This weekend in Japan, thousands of music fans gathered at Fuji Rock (@fujirock_jp) to see performances from artists around the world — including first-time Fuji Rock performers N.E.R.D ( @nerd), made up of band members Chad Hugo ( @chadhugo), Shae Haley ( @sha3) and Pharrell Williams ( @pharrell). The trio shared their tips for having a great time at Fuji Rock or your next music festival: Pharrell: Give every ounce of your energy, while tapping into the energy that’s there. Chad: Stay hydrated — and recycle! Shae: Leave all your troubles and anxieties off the festival grounds and just have fun. Tune in to our story today to hang with N.E.R.D at Fuji Rock 🎤🎼
Featured photo by @themarigoldsix Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPlight This weekend, the goal is to make photos and videos where light accentuates the beauty within your frame. Here are some tips to get you started: Play with shadows. Look for situations where shadows make patterns and shapes within your composition. Shoot into the light. Create flares, light spots and starbursts by pointing your lens toward the light source. Capture moments both large and small. Photograph a vast night sky of constellations or the tiny, glistening light coming from a single raindrop. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPlight hashtag only to photos and videos shared 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 shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @relbw From a long struggle with depression came the inspiration for photographer Arielle Bobb-Willis’ (@relbw) unique style of colorful, contorted portraiture. “When I was 13, my family moved from New York to South Carolina,” says 24-year-old Arielle, who now lives in New Jersey. “I fell into a depression, and throughout high school and then college I was in a deep, dark, gray place. The tense, uncomfortable undertones of my work come from that time where I was really, really disconnected from my body — I felt like my mind was me, but my body wasn’t.” During her depression, a passion for photography emerged. “That was such a horrible time in my life, but without it, I don’t think I would have turned to photography or even known I could do it,” says Arielle. After the gray-tinged years of her youth, Arielle brings lots of color into her photographs. “It’s definitely representative of me accepting myself more and pushing away from all that negativity.” See Arielle’s colorful work today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @jessweymouth_ Watercolor artist Jess Weymouth (@jessweymouth_) uses her art to honor the earth. “I am constantly reminded by Mother Earth’s ability to use something as tiny as a honeybee or as big as our moon to tell her stories,” says Jess, who lives and paints in Long Beach, California. “As an artist with a background in biological science, I feel a deep ache to teach others about how we can play a positive role in our ecosystem, and bring awareness to the issues of environmentalism — all while using eye-catching colors and illustrations that inspire and remind us of the beautiful planet we are here to care for.” Today on our story, screenshot and share Jess’ drawing templates inspired by the natural world. What’s her own dream landscape? “Right now, it’s sitting in front of a campfire next to giant sequoia trees, roasting marshmallows and looking up at the constellations.” 🏕
Photo by @semsithepathfinder “I’ve been fashion-conscious my entire life,” says 14-year-old fashion entrepreneur Semsi Salvino (@semsithepathfinder), who, when he’s not in school, runs his own business of reselling vintage clothes and is working on a collection of gender-neutral streetwear. “When I was younger, I was less courageous with my fashion choices and would normally stick to neutral colors and basic streetwear items,” says Semsi. “But from my reselling business, I began to get more adventurous with my fashion, and I started mixing high fashion items with streetwear and experimenting with different colors. I hope that I can prove to people that it’s okay to stand out, and that you are never too young to pursue your dream.” Watch our story to see some of Semsi’s favorite streetwear looks.
Photo by @salavat.fidai Using a microscope and a crafting knife, Russian artist Salavat Fidai (@salavat.fidai) carves tiny, detailed sculptures on the graphite tips of pencils. “Graphite is a very fragile material and the sculptures are exceedingly small,” says Salavat, who quit his 25-year-long law career in 2013 to become an artist. “Pencil carving is an extremely intense and time-consuming process — one sculpture may take up to 12 hours. I usually spend one or two days crafting each object.” See some of Salavat’s creations today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @chuchopotts “These dancers are known as ‘zancudos,’” says Jesus Hernandes (@chuchopotts), who took this #WHPlookup submission in Oaxaca, Mexico. “Since they’re so tall, it is inevitable to look up at them and take some pictures.”
Photo by @manniemaik Who knows what you’ll encounter when you #WHPlookup? 🦒 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Photo by @danielmercadante “It is so peaceful to lay on the cool ground in the warm evening,” writes Daniel Mercadante (@danielmercadante) in his caption, “looking up at a tree that would otherwise be sleeping, and painting with a flashlight.” 🌈 #WHPlookup
Photo illustration by @lericksonportraits Step 1: Look up. Step 2: Discover the magic of the natural world. 🦋 #WHPlookup
Photo by @carmenhuter Things are looking up through Australia’s cool waters. 🏊♀️ Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPlookup.
Featured photo by @worduuup Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPlookup Tilt your eyes upward for this weekend’s hashtag project: #WHPlookup. 👀 Here are some tips to get you started: Think vertical. Exaggerate the vertical composition of your photos and videos by putting your hair up in a beehive-styled do, building a five-scoop ice-cream cone or stacking a tall pile of summer reading. Shoot from a low angle. Capture the height of a redwood tree canopy from the forest floor, or take a street-level Hyperlapse of the sun rising between skyscrapers. Capture the action. Focus on a basketball player dunking, an airplane flying directly overhead or the mountain summit where you’ll finish your climbing journey. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPlookup hashtag only to photos and videos shared 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 shared over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @freyaeverafter_ Hello, world! Meet four love-struck Pacific parrotlets named Winter, Sprig, River and Willow (@freyaeverafter_). “They are tiny parrots with huge personalities,” says Rupa Sutton, their human. “They can be very sweet, but feisty.” For example: “Last month, we decided to welcome Willow into the crew in hopes of her and River making a love connection. Instead, there’s been lots of drama — Sprig fell in love with Willow and left Winter, Winter was seen flirting with River, and River, who initially gave Willow the cold shoulder, decided he wanted her after all. Thankfully the birds have paired up and are once again a happy flock.” Watch the avian love stories unfold today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo illustration by @vesperucca When Juliana Horner (@vesperucca) is asked about her style of makeup, even she can’t describe it. “I have a natural tendency to break away then come back to abstract work,” says the 26-year-old artist, who works not only with makeup, but also illustration and fashion — and she has aspirations in the field of virtual reality design. “My drawing and my makeup converged at a certain point. They slowly merged into one stream of this really weird makeup style that I don’t have a name for.” Throughout all of her art, Juliana is inspired by common themes. “I have a pretty feminine perspective that shows up in my work, and I really love color. I’m addicted to saturation. My eye is always going to gravitate toward the saturated part of a scene, and I like to think how I can bend or contort that saturation in a more pleasing way.” Watch Juliana create an illustration and a makeup look today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.
Photo by @nelsonmakamo Through his charcoal portraits, South African artist Nelson Makamo (@nelsonmakamo) works to change negative perceptions of African children. “How do you stop the judgment of a child?” says Nelson, who was born in 1982, 12 years before the end of apartheid. “I started adding glasses to some portraits, and just by doing that, it completely changes how someone looks at the painting. They won’t look at that child in terms of a portrait of a child from Africa. A lot of people start seeing a reflection of themselves. That is what art is there for: to show how common we all are.” Today is #MandelaDay, a celebration of the 100th birthday of the late Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid leader and former president of South Africa. “Today, we are what we are because of his legacy,” says Nelson. “When I see people responding to my work, the person that comes to mind is Nelson Mandela. He fought for us to have moments like this where we share ideas. If one man can create a legacy that unites the world, we need to make sure that legacy lives on.”
Photo by @this.little.wandering Kayla Petering (@this.little.wandering) handed a bunch of flowers to her 3-year-old daughter and photographed what came next for #WHPflowerpower. “I love how gently she is carrying them even though they are so much bigger,” says Kayla. “It feels beautiful and powerful.” 💐
Photo by @manueldietrichphotography “I love the low perspective and the different colors,” says 23-year-old German photographer Manuel Dietrich (@manueldietrichphotography) of his photo of Mount Seceda. “It feels like being a little ant that sits on one of those flowers, looking toward the mountains.” 🌼 #WHPflowerpower
Art by @angeladeane If these flowers could talk...🌷 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPflowerpower.
Photo by @georginaryland “I love the idea of art moving and breathing,” says 23-year-old makeup artist Georgina Ryland (@georginaryland). “It doesn’t just sit on the wall — it lives.” Georgina began playing around with makeup at the end of high school, then studied at the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup, where she learned to work with prosthetics, historical makeup and facial hair — it’s also where she started experimenting with her own body art. “I use skin-safe face and body paints, as well as regular makeup like eyeshadows, eyeliners, pigments and lipsticks,” she says. “It takes about six to eight hours to paint a scene on myself, and cleaning it off takes roughly 30 seconds in the shower! It can be a bit sad to see one I am particularly fond of go, but then I can always try a new one.” Head over to our story to see some of Georgina’s favorite body art pieces come to life. 🎨
Photo by @syanov Caution: #WHPflowerpower can result in new growth. 🌞
Photo by @domingoxlatarde Getting lost in #WHPflowerpower 🌹 Follow along for more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project.
Happy Pride! 🌈 @HappyHippiefdn and I support being yourself everyday, and Pride is an extra special time to celebrate acceptance and love. I teamed up with Converse for this Pride collection to share that spirit of community and equality! All net proceeds of the Converse Pride collection will support our LGBTQ+ youth community partners globally! @happyhippiefdn, @itgetsbetter, @rainbowyouth and @minus18youth! Shop collection at Converse.com #ConversePride