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For most of the last decade, fourth-generation photojournalist Giulio Di Sturco (@giuliodisturco) has been based in Thailand and India with his #EyesOn humanity’s resilience and adaptation in the face of environmental adversity. “I’m interested in documenting how climate change and technology are shaping the life of the new generation,” says Giulio. He’s documented a variety of topics like the effect of pollution on the Ganges River and issues surrounding gender in Thailand, but his work in Asia ponders large, global questions: “What is the solution we are looking for? What are we doing to progress our society? What does the future look like?” Photo by @giuliodisturco
Blinded by the light 💥 Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPfollowthelight. Photo by @tadbitwacko
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“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is one of artist and writer Kadir Nelson’s (@kadirnelson) favorite quotes from the American civil rights leader, whose birthday is celebrated on January 16. “I admire Dr. King’s faith in his beliefs and willingness to demonstrate the powerful example of intelligence, spiritual tenacity and hard work,” says Kadir, who is based in Los Angeles. “Individuals like Dr. King, who embrace their inner hero, are recurring subjects in my work. He, and all of those who fought against social injustice, paved a way for creative people like myself who stand on their shoulders — and are now free to express ourselves creatively in fields that were not as open as they are today.” #MLKDay Art by @kadirnelson for @newyorkermag
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
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
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfollowthelight The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by the diverse qualities of light — like this one by @xenichez. Here’s how to get started: Play around with different ways light can draw attention to a figure or action — such as a golden halo around a single person or multiple sources of light, adding depth to a scene. Look for situations that are transformed by the position of the sun, like a tree-lined promenade that sings at sunset. Don’t shy away from shooting at night, when beams of light can become subjects in their own right. For example: car headlights that illuminate falling snow. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfollowthelight 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 @xenichez
All of Marina Schammler’s (@lightpoem) photos exude coziness. She credits a weekly visit to her local flower market as a source of inspiration — and a welcome a break from everyday stresses. 💐 “When I get home, I tie a beautiful bouquet and enjoy having brought something into the house that will keep me in good spirits,” says the industrial management assistant who lives in Siegburg, Germany. Then, she often heads to the kitchen. Marina started baking as a teenager, and today, she cooks up sweet delights like berry flans, crepes and waffles, artistically arranging them with fresh flowers to create a dreamy setting. “Flowers are an indispensable way of putting coziness, atmosphere and beauty into my pictures,” she says. Discover more stories from the German-speaking community on @instagramde. Photo by @lightpoem
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
For Dominique (@allthatisshe), the family resemblances that matter most are the ones that arise from spending time together. “Anything I wear, or any hairstyle I do, Amelia wants to do the same. This flows down to Penny too — we all imitate each other,” says the mom and blogger from Sunderland, England. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from #WHPimitation. Photo by @allthatisshe
A tiny human encounters a friendly snow creature. This moment from Belén (@belen_argueso) could be plucked from a children’s book. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @belen_argueso
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