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A single daisy in a French field twirled its way into our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @boomyourlife
“I started being open about my experience as a person with mental illness, because there’s a real serious void in the dance world,” says professional ballet dancer Sydney Magruder (@theblackswandiaries), who has struggled with anxiety since childhood. “In January of 2015, after having mixed success auditioning in New York, I went and did a show in Boston. And then I’m not exactly sure what happened, but for nine months after coming back to New York, I didn’t leave the house. I didn’t go to class. I didn’t see my friends. I hardly talked to anybody except my wife. I’m just getting back to where I feel like I can audition again. In the ballet world, we don’t pay attention to people with mental illnesses. We kind of write them off and marginalize them as not being dedicated or hardworking enough. But I am one of the most passionate and dedicated people I know — anybody who knows me will also tell you that. You don’t have to pretend you’re not sick, but you do have to fight every day to make your life what you want it to be. Every day you do have the choice to get up and do something and be great. You can’t let anybody tell you you’re not worthy.” #hereforyou Photo of @theblackswandiaries by @rachelnevillephoto
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#hellomynameis Malena Flores (@imalenaflores). I’m 23 years old and I’m an illustrator. I live in Itamari, a rural town in Bahia, Brazil, where I find the small moments of beauty that inspire me — like a clear night sky, where I hunt stars. Drawing has always been close to my heart. It was my favorite pastime as a child and is the best way I have to externalize my thoughts. I like experimenting with lots of different things; I’m incapable of sticking to a single medium. Art is freedom. Light, colors and flowers are the elements that characterize my work. Without them, what I do would be empty. Before, I used to draw on my own in my room. Illustration is a solitary pursuit; people spend a lot of time alone, creating. Today, I receive lovely messages from thousands of people, more than the entire population of my town. Knowing that what I do here reaches and inspires other people makes me feel that I have fulfilled my duty and gives me a warm feeling. May our future be filled with flowers.” Illustration by @imalenaflores
This portrait was quite literally a flash in the pan. Saeed Kouhkan (@skouhkan) found his sister’s reflection in the oil of a frying pan while cooking at his home in Behbahan, Iran. “It’s a mysterious portrait,” he says. “I like the contrast between the red lip and the dark background of the pan.” #WHPreflections Photo by @skouhkan
At home in Izmir, Turkey, Serkan Çolak’s (@serkanncolak) daughter played with a pocket mirror as her parents looked on. “This photo tells the story of me and my family,” says Serkan. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPreflections. Photo by @serkanncolak
Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is a very good boy. Meet golden retriever Mambo (@mambohitsgolden), a therapy dog who is part of INATAA, an animal assisted therapy organization from São Paulo. Mambo spends lots of time volunteering for people in need of some puppy power — often with a big crew of his canine companions. To learn more about Mambo’s life and work, follow @mambohitsgolden.
Traveling photographer Piku (@xxpiku) doesn’t need any reflective props for his subjects when nature provides them all on its own. #WHPreflections Photo by @xxpiku
Thanks to a few carefully placed mirrors, hands emerge from the sand in Sonora, Mexico. #WHPreflections Photo by @pacodelosmonteros
Spanish sculptor Isabel Tomás (@lisatoms_dolls) dreams up creatures that don’t live in our world. “My greatest source of inspiration is nature itself, not just animals and plants,” she says. From her home studio in La Sénia, Spain, she invents personalities for all her special species. “I like to imagine how they’d behave, where they’d live, what they’d eat and other details, as if they were a real animal.” Isabel designs, produces, sews, paints and varnishes all her creatures, which can be an arduous process since she does everything by hand, but she wouldn’t have it any other way — Isabel loves being her own boss. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @lisatoms_dolls
Music has always been a part of British singer Liam Payne’s (@liampayne) life. “When I was 6 years old, I sang karaoke for my granddad,” says Liam. “I knew then that I loved to perform, and now I’m doing something I’ve always dreamt of.” Today, Liam, now 23, performs around the world — first with the band One Direction — and now as his own solo act. With a new single on the way, Liam’s days are spent in the recording studio, practicing his dance moves and promoting his upcoming track, all while finding time with his newborn son at home in Surrey, England. “It’s an exciting time, both professionally and at home,” he says. “I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position I’m in.” Watch our Instagram story now to spend a day with Liam leading up to the release of his new single. 🎤
We’re swinging into the weekend with Orso the Corgi (@churchilly) — the star of our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. “Orso loves to swing. He has been doing it since he was a little puppy!” says Christon, Orso’s human. “We enjoy making people smile and remembering the pure, good things in the world ... like corgis in baby swings.” Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #Boomerang by @churchilly
Gabriel Bouys (@gabrielbouys) discovered Instagram thanks to his daughter. “I work as a senior photographer for Agence France-Presse (@afpphoto),” says Gabriel. “I produce images for the media every day, but these are of specific subjects in specific contexts. On Instagram, I’m free to be as creative as I like, with no time pressure, without any need to link the subject to the news. It helps me to remember that photography can be fun.” Discover more stories from the French-speaking community on @instagramfr. Photo by @gabrielbouys
Lake Garlate became even more picturesque when a swan drifted by. “I grew up on the shores of this lake, nestled among the beautiful mountains,” says Manuela Riva (@bellavitamanu) of her hometown in the Italian Alps. “I love to travel all around the world, but only here do I really feel at home.” #WHPhomesweethome Photo by @bellavitamanu
Home = a kitten between the cushions. 😸 Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPhomesweethome. Photo by @franky.hoki
Picture this: 6-year-old Ashima Shiraishi (@ashimashiraishi) is playing in New York City’s Central Park when for the very first time she spots people rock climbing. “I was immediately intrigued,” says Ashima, now 16, who’s often referred to as one of the world’s strongest climbers. Today, the NYC-native travels the world to conquer new challenges — Japan, Thailand and South Africa are three of her favorite locations where she’s bouldered and climbed — and she continues to stay on top as a champion, while constantly progressing by connecting to each and every movement. “You need to be graceful, but also powerful, like no other sport. And that’s something that really motivates me to keep on pushing myself.” To see what a day in Ashima’s life is like, watch our Instagram story.