The good times keep rolling atop this snow-covered hill in Berlin. “After my daughter’s midday nap, we went to that spot and had our very first sled session together,” says Markus Braumann (@markusbraumann). #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @markusbraumann
Meet Shu (@shuthebear): an avid explorer — who happens to be a stuffed bear. He’s adventured to places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Iceland, but before he met Manel Mora, he was looking at the world through the display window of a gift shop in Spain. “He likes to feel a part of the place that welcomes him,” says Manel, who helps Shu share his travel stories. “When tourists and locals see a teddy bear posing for the camera, everyone takes out their cameras, and amidst laughter, they ask about the photo session.” Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @shuthebear
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Photographer Thiago Cavalcanti’s (@thiagocavalcantifotografia) office is a big, beautiful coral reef, but he assures us: this perfectly timed underwater encounter doesn’t happen every day. 🐠 Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @thiagocavalcantifotografia
Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) is back out there doing what he loves: performing. “This is one of the first times I’ve played these new songs to fans live,” says Ed, who performed new music off his upcoming album “Divide” at an intimate show in New York City. “I like small concerts, and I like big concerts, too. I just like playing.” Tap our profile pic to experience Ed’s event for yourself. 🎸 His new album drops March 3. ➗
They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (@b0rdalo_ii), trash is the inspiration for his work, a series of sculptures designed to highlight issues of pollution and waste. Look at the form of one of Artur’s larger-than-life flamingos, bears or skunks, and then look again, but closer. “Damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances are just some of the objects that can be identified when you go into detail,” says Artur of the materials he uses, which are found in junkyards, abandoned factories or through corporate recycling programs. “I’m inspired by my life experiences and everything around me — the real world.” Photo by @b0rdalo_ii
He’s based in one of Australia’s busiest cities, but freelance photographer Benjamin Lee (@itchban) thrives in nature. “There is so much unnoticed beauty in the world and everything that surrounds us — if only you take the time to look for it,” says the 30-year-old Sydney resident who left his office job two years ago to pursue photography full time. Benjamin hopes his work energizes other people to go explore. “It’s easy to get weighed down by your worries and not realize how big the world is and how small your problems actually are,” he says. “Get out there and enjoy what the world has to offer.” Photo by @itchban
Photography and illustration meet in Alexandra Cameron’s (@alex_cameron) multimedia self-portrait for #WHPimitation. “The image came out to reflect the idea of art imitating life and life imitating art,” says Alexandra. Photo illustration by @alex_cameron
For last weekend’s hashtag project #WHPimitation, artist Aravis Dolmenna (@aravisdolmenna) created a (literally) handmade cockatoo. “My feed is all about fun and the unexpected,” says the Aravis, who regularly disguises her hand for art. ✌️ Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to the project throughout the week. Photo by @aravisdolmenna
A gray feline meets its handcrafted avatar in the form of a folded paper creation by @white_onrice. #WHPimitation Photo by @white_onrice
During the first pocket of “mommy time” she carved out after her son was born, Krista Barmer (@pendrops) started stitching. “It was something I put my hands to,” says Krista, who had previously played guitar and pursued music in Nashville, Tennessee. “After I had my son, I felt drawn to fabric, textiles, fibers and paper, and wanted to express my journey in that way.” Seven years later, Krista has established herself as a textile artist, selling her works from her online shop. “There’s something about the slowness of it, and that it’s my hands creating every stitch,” she says of the process. “Even the stitches that snag or get tangled, I leave them as they are because it means something. It makes it interesting, gives dimension and tells a story, too.” #MadeToCreate Photo by @pendrops
Tonight is the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes), an event honoring the best in film and American television. 📽️📺 Watch our Instagram story to see what the night is like when you’re walking the red carpet — we’re going behind the scenes with actress and four-time nominee Sofía Vergara (@sofiavergara).
For Ana (@anakirsch), a bird keeping company with swan boats symbolizes the potential to achieve big things in the new year. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @anakirsch
Self-taught photographer Alex Spurway (@spurwaya) first picked up a camera three years ago. “I am motivated by the people I shoot with, the desire to spend any second of free time I have out creating and never missing any opportunities,” says the 20-year-old from Brisbane, Australia. “Once an idea for a shot comes into my head I won’t stop chasing it.” During his university studies in 2015, Alex co-founded OzShot Magazine (@ozshotmag), an independent photography magazine. “When people see my work, I want them to feel inspired to try something out of the ordinary, travel somewhere new, get out of their comfort zone.” Photo by @spurwaya
Somewhere over the rainbow ... is a chicken practicing yoga. Outside of Asago, Japan, Ayumi Akashi’s (@ayumi_akashi) new year is off to a delightful start. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ayumi_akashi
When the 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced, Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) had just completed a Muay Thai workout … in Thailand. “We got to the house and still had 30 minutes before the announcement, so I stripped down to my birthday suit, and let go,” says Gina. “I gave the anxiety, pressure and illusions we carry about our worth and threw them out.” This is the third time Gina has been nominated for her “Jane the Virgin” role — she took home the award for best actress in a TV series musical or comedy in 2015. “I’m humbled to be in a category with women I admire and adore,” says Gina. “Jane is my love child. I love coming to work, and I love playing this woman I wish I was more like in real life.” Photo by @hereisgina