Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Here’s Manny (@yoremahm) — aka “The Selfie Cat” — who, as you can see, understands the power of a portrait. This rescued gray Tabby is often seen posing with canine pals and is always clawing to be the center of attention in his shots. Don’t miss any of this outdoor cat’s adventures. Follow @yoremahm stat.
This week was sentimental for friends Akihito Nagata (@abu888) and Yurie (@yuuuuuriiie), who began collaborating after they met on Instagram, because Yurie will be moving to Tokyo. “I love this circular window,” says Akihito. “It perfectly frames the cityscape of Osaka and the backlight creates solid silhouettes.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo of @yuuuuuriiie by @abu888
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There’s fun to be had no matter how cold it gets for the residents of Budakli village. Kenan Nihat Elçi (@_kenannihatelci_) decided to pay a visit to the local thermal baths where he snapped this photo. “In cold weather, this has become an entertainment center for children,” he says. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @_kenannihatelci_
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPiseefaces The goal this weekend is to find faces in surprising and unexpected places — like this one by @olafbreuning. Here’s how to get started: Slow down and take in your surroundings. Look down at the sidewalk for shapes that resemble facial expressions; turn your attention up to find faces in buildings, clouds and trees. Change your perspective — sometimes a face is revealed when you turn your view sideways or rearrange the food on your plate. Use stickers and Instagram Stories drawing tools to add props and personality to a face that you found in the wild, then share the creation to your feed. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPiseefaces 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 @olafbreuning
“Our passion for photography and filmmaking came first, then drones,” says Jampal Williamson, who runs @saltywings with friend Michael Goetze. “In late 2015, we had an idea to explore and photograph the West Australian coastline with aerial technology,” says Michael, 29. That idea grew into a video production house in Perth, where the duo works on daily posts. Using their experience as surfers to wait for perfect weather conditions, they fly and film just before sunrise or after sunset to capture a warm glow on the landscape. “Aesthetically, we are looking to capture a sense of wonder in our photographs,” says Jampal, 25. “We want our work to provide people with an escape to a beautiful place — an eternal summer holiday.” Photo by @saltywings
Don’t smile for the camera. That’s the first rule Simon Chaudoir (@simonchaudoir) imparts to the grips, gaffers and other behind-the-scenes characters that take center stage in his surreal, poker-faced photographs. When Simon, a London-based director of photography, began staging the photos — which he initially dubbed “Industrial Accidents” — they were simply mementos of his gigs. Now, his clients often are as eager to hear his ideas for the picture he and the crew sneak off to snap during their lunch break as the one they were hired to shoot. “Some directors and producers probably think, ‘Do I want to hire this guy, given that he seems to spend so much time on set arsing around?’” Simon says. “But taking a picture really cheers people up. It’s something beyond the work, work, work — a silly, joyous moment.” Photo by @simonchaudoir
Ingrid Rizzieri’s jewelry business Entre Cubos (@entrecubos) — translated into English as “Between Cubes” — emerged from a personal fashion quest. “The market offers a lot of classic jewelry, which is more delicate and feminine,” says 20-year-old Ingrid, who’s from São Paulo. “I could never see myself wearing that style.” Ingrid started crafting jewelry that suited her taste, but after constantly getting stopped on the street by admirers, she started selling her handmade designs. “When you want to do something new, you need to stop following trends and start listening to yourself. Follow your own instinct and develop new paths for inspiration. When you do that with passion, dedication and responsibility, the chances of success are higher.” #MadeToCreate Photo by @entrecubos
Kirsty Ballard (@madeinjoho) captured a candid display of joyful affection when her mom, an elephant enthusiast from England, visited a sanctuary in South Africa. “This fella in particular loves to give trunk kisses and was by far mum’s favorite,” she says. #WHPloveis Photo by @madeinjoho
Hello, world! It’s time for a very special edition of #WeeklyFluff. Meet Biscuit (@busybodybiscuit), a Cavalier King Charles who was spotted getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit with her puppy pal Sir Charles Barkley. 💋 Follow @busybodybiscuit to keep up with her adventures around Chicago.
In Singapore, Jeryl (@smilewithjeryl) uses light trails to create a symbol of love’s limitless potential. #WHPloveis Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to this weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @smilewithjeryl
“Love is seeing the world through a child’s eyes,” says @thetravelingbumblebee in the caption to her #WHPloveis submission. She captured this moment of pure bliss during a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo by @thetravelingbumblebee
Sunday night is one of the biggest nights in music — the 59th Annual Grammy Awards (@recordingacademy), taking place in Los Angeles. 🎤 Watch our Instagram story right now to see what the night is like behind the scenes and from the red carpet. Boomerang of @ddlovato
A reunion with friends from Fukuoka, Japan, led Shinya Umetsu (@chikuwa91) to create this fun freeze-frame. Shinya’s the one in the middle, and yes, he did face-plant into the snow. “Before trying with three people, I was trying it alone many times over and over. I thought my glasses might be broken!” he says. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @chikuwa91
“Please try to refrain from drooling, these are just words” prefaces the far-out descriptions of Fluffë’s (@fluffegram) fairy floss (aka cotton candy) flavors. “Gypsy Dreams” is “rich caramel floss laced with crunchy charms and shiny trinkets, to give you the sweetest dreams.” “Boys Tears” is a “bittersweet blue floss flavored with only the cutest boys’ tears for a slightly salty taste.” But Nathan Hunter, the 21-year-old from Sydney, Australia, who built the Fluffë brand, says his most popular flavor is “Unicorn Poop,” ideal for “rainbow lovers, unicorn owners, musk lovers, pastel princesses, sprinkle addicts and those that need a little more magic in their diet!” For Valentine’s Day, Nathan created customizable boxes for his customers. “It’s really sweet to see what some people write,” says Nathan. “The best ones are from mothers to their daughters. They’re beautiful.” 💗 #MadeToCreate Check out our Instagram story to see more from this fairy floss aficionado. Photo of @fluffegram by @sugarandsaltcookies
Chance the Rapper (@chancetherapper) has been nominated for a whopping seven Grammy Awards (@recordingacademy), including Best New Artist. “I saw the main victory or accomplishment being that the Recording Academy was going to start recognizing streaming-only and not-for-sale projects from recognized platforms,” says the 23-year-old rapper from Chicago, whose album “Coloring Book” is the first streaming-only album ever to receive a Grammy nomination. “I was cool with my life before I found out that I was nominated for any Grammys, and finding out that I was nominated for several? It’s still not really real to me yet. But when I found out, I was in my bed, dumbfounded and completely alone, and I just kind of screamed and turned on some music. It was a great, great moment in my life.” Photo by @chancetherapper