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After discovering this tree during a hike last spring, Christoph Schlein (@christophschlein) and his girlfriend returned eight months later for a closer look. “It was something like 15 degrees below zero — usually the lake is not frozen and it was something special to walk on it and see everything from a new perspective,” he says. “Nature can create such impressive places and it’s our task to take care of it.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @christophschlein
Growing up, Ava DuVernay (@directher) would wait outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with her Aunt Denise and sisters to watch Academy Award presenters go into rehearsals. Today, she’s the first black female director to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Her film “13th” digs into the 13th Amendment, the change to the US Constitution ending slavery, and analyzes its entanglement with the criminalization of African-Americans today. “I’m grateful to all the activists and scholars who allowed me to interview them and feature their ideas and insights on this important issue,” says Ava, who interviews almost 40 people in the documentary, including social justice activists like Angela Davis and politicians Cory Booker and Newt Gingrich. “Each person was like a professor and I was a happy student in their masterclass.” Photo by @directher
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A group of new friends who met on Instagram fell into our #BoomerangOfTheWeek spot. Muhammad Dian (@semuabaper_), an 18-year-old student who lives in Batam, Indonesia, captured this moment while exploring the country he loves. Do you love taking Boomerangs? Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your caption. Yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @semuabaper_
#RunwayForAll is about unconditional love and allowing anybody that has a talent to have an equal playing field. Diversity is beautiful.” —Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) One of the original supermodels, Naomi has walked in countless shows and has staying power in the industry. As for the keys to her success, Naomi credits her intuition and spirituality. “I’m so blessed to be able to work with the same people since I was 16 years old and have their support.” This story is part of an ongoing series featuring models who are redefining industry standards and making sure there’s room on the #RunwayForAll. Photo by @iamnaomicampbell
While undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Brazilian artist Maritana Quaresma (@maritanaquaresma) transformed her Instagram feed into a cancer diary. “I wrote and drew when I was sick. I didn’t wait until I felt better to write about it,” says the 29-year-old from Rio de Janeiro. After several non-Portuguese-speaking friends expressed concern over her illness, Maritana added English captions. “All over the world people were sick too, and they felt very strong when they saw my drawings. I started getting messages from here in Latin America, sometimes Europe, sometimes Asia,” she explains. “It was like I had a power that I didn’t realize, and I could make people feel good.” After two surgeries and six months of chemotherapy, Maritana is in remission. “I don’t regret it, even if I have my limitations. This is me.” Photo illustration by @maritanaquaresma
Surprise! 🎉 Swipe left on the post above to see more. Starting today, you can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram. With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. It’s easy to control exactly how your post will look. You can tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one. These posts have a single caption and are square-only for now. On a profile grid, you’ll notice the first photo or video of a post has a little icon, which means there’s more to see. And in feed, you’ll see blue dots at the bottom of these posts to let you know you can swipe to see more. You can like and comment on them just like a regular post. This update is available as part of Instagram version 10.9 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play. To learn more, check out help.instagram.com.
With just a few marker strokes, pro doodler Jon Burgerman (@jonburgerman) turns two New York City traffic barrels into a couple of surprised characters. #WHPiseefaces Photo illustration by @jonburgerman
Andrés Carrión (@andresete.geo) steps back from the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain, to reveal a big smile that greets passers-by. #WHPiseefaces Photo by @andresete.geo
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.
Love is in the air on the Canary Islands where Lydia Farray (@alataalde) spotted a pair of pink angels strolling hand-in-hand. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @alataalde
A self-described “crafty gal,” Holly Fox (@hol_fox) always had a project. She bejeweled pumpkins, built gingerbread houses — and then she shifted her focus to cookies when she realized royal icing mixed just like paint. “I’m constantly thinking about composition and color,” says Los Angeles-based Holly, who became a graphic designer straight out of college. “My styling and cookie shapes reflect my graphic design style — nice and tidy. I’ve really tried to make colorful and clean my signature style!” She started posting sets of cookies three years ago and, according to Holly, she hasn’t slept since. 😉 #MadeToCreate Watch our Instagram story to see Holly bake and decorate a batch of these beauties. Photo by @hol_fox
Jorge (@instayors) threw his hat into the ring for our #BoomerangOfTheWeek — and it paid off! This one was captured on a quick road trip with his friend Irene (@iregoes). Do you love taking Boomerangs? Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your caption. Yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @instayors
“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
A note from Kevin Systrom (@kevin): I’m excited to announce that the theme of Worldwide InstaMeet 15 (#WWIM15❤️) is kindness. Every day, one of the largest and most diverse communities in the world comes together on Instagram. By enabling people to share who they truly are in an inclusive, welcoming environment, I believe that Instagram can be the most supportive global community. On the weekend of March 25-26, join tens of thousands of people around the world to share, explore and celebrate while spreading kindness. Our features like Instagram Stories and Live Stories offer even more opportunities to organize creatively and get more people involved near you. Interested in hosting a #WWIM15❤️? Tell us about your meetup at bit.ly/wwim15. Kevin Systrom Co-Founder & CEO Photo by @kusok_kudrinoj
Marko Drobnjakovic (@xmd101) has his #EyesOn a brutal winter and a tide of refugees making their way into his native city of Belgrade, Serbia. For the 37-year-old photojournalist, this is another chapter in a journey he has traced from places like war-torn Iraq, the shores of Greece and across the Balkans. “They risked their lives, crossing the water in unseaworthy dinghies,” Marko says of the refugees he has met over the years. “They spent their life-savings to get from one border to the next, and they were often forced to put their destinies in the hands of ruthless human traffickers. They hid in cornfields to avoid police patrols, while carrying their children in their arms.” For Marko, the fallout from fractured states rings familiar: “The breakup of Yugoslavia, once my homeland — the mythical country that could have been but never was — has shaped my life. Back then, I was neither child nor man, but I was reduced to the role of a bystander, helpless to stop it or change it.” Watch our Instagram story to see more of Marko’s work. Photo by @xmd101