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While exploring the light and shadow of a structure by Catalan architects Enric Miralles and Carme Pinòs, Valle García (@valleklau) was struck by two thoughts. “We are alive, and we are still young,” she says. “These architects understood and accepted the cycle of life as a link between past, present and future.” #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @valleklau
Growing up in Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Davide Pretto’s (@dvdprtto) fondest childhood reflections are intertwined with historical architecture. “My favorite memories are when my father carried me on his shoulders visiting some place. It was a moment to share an experience with him and look at the world from another point of view: on top.” #WHPyoungatheart Photo by @dvdprtto
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If you’re in Tokyo on Sunday, March 26, be sure to head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, teacher Hai Huynh, one half of @notesofnomads, will be co-hosting a #WWIM15❤️ event where people will be creating intricate origami cherry blossoms to photograph and gift to strangers — it’s perfectly aligned with this Worldwide InstaMeet’s theme: kindness. “Everybody loves receiving flowers, and being the creative community we are, I believe that learning and making origami flowers with others will be a fun and unique opportunity,” says Hai. “It costs next to nothing, is very interactive and coincides with the coming of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo.” Hai is a big believer in the power of an InstaMeet, a gathering of people who come together to connect through shared experiences. “My favorite part is being able to meet wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion and sense of creativity and forming true friendships.” Watch our Instagram story right now to see more. Photo by @notesofnomads
Spotted in the Philippines: Timothy Genesis (@thykopi) laughs as he and a friend are knocked down by a playful wave. #WHPyoungatheart Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @thykopi
March 20 marks Nowruz, the #PersianNewYear and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. For Iranian photojournalist Majid Saeedi (@majidsaeedi), the 13-day holiday marks some of his sweetest childhood memories, like family gatherings around tasty meals and sweet treats, participating in traditional ceremonies and picnicking outside on the final day. “It is a family holiday and spending a while with my family is the best memory that I have from Nowruz,” he says. Photo by @majidsaeedi
Communities of pushpins, pencils and erasers at odds with each other, trees that hug all day — animation director and writer Sean Charmatz (@sean_charmatz) breathes life into everyday sights. “The idea is that if you look close enough and take a moment to observe, you will see all of this,” says Sean. “To me, there is magic in seeing a story that was already happening between objects. I feel the magic, so believe others will too.” Growing up, Sean, now 36, was drawn to the characters and letters of graffiti in big cities like San Francisco and New York. Today, his work as an animation director and writer allows him to tap into that childhood joy and share it with others. “It means a lot to me that people enjoy the work and that it has changed the way they look at the world,” he says. “I want my account to be a place where everyone can feel creative and be inspired.” Photo by @sean_charmatz
A herd of deer wandering through the still-wintry countryside of Hokkaido, Japan, drew Hidetoshi Kikuchi’s (@hidetoshi_kikuchi) attention — and his drone, theirs. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @hidetoshi_kikuchi
“My art practice is born out of working on my bedroom floor with whatever resources are accessible,” says Aleia Murawski (@aleia), an artist who lives in Chicago. “My art has been shown mostly within DIY women-led art spaces and projects. It is a much different framework than the art world I studied in school. It is less about economy and more about forming relationships with other artists. I see this more and more: young artists starting projects to promote one another, to lift each other up and to create safe spaces and opportunities for each other.” This post is part of “In Search of Us,” a digital salon curated by @petrafcollins and @bellhoox. Their upcoming event #PopRallyxPetra at @themuseumofmodernart celebrates the representation of women by women. Photos and videos by @aleia
For Akhwaf Habiburrahman (@akhwaf), an Indonesian photographer living in Germany, the unplanned photos are the best ones — like this one captured just before sunset from a skate park in Frankfurt, Germany. “The more spontaneous the shot, the better it is.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @akhwaf
Imagine spending months carving, painting and working tirelessly to craft a giant, gravity-defying display of towering puppets — only to watch your creations stuffed with fireworks and burned to the ground. But there’s no sadness at Las Fallas (“the fires”), the yearly celebration in Spain that’s capped by sending hundreds of puppets off in a blaze of glory. “The meaning of burning fallas is based on burning everything bad in the year to start a new cycle,” says 25-year-old Iván Tortajada (@ivantortajada), an artist and illustrator who lives in Valencia, Spain, where the festival is held. “When you see them, the sacrifice of the whole year comes to mind. It makes your hair stand on end.” Iván has been attending Las Fallas since he was a baby and entered his first professional display in 2011. “From its conception, you know that it is ephemeral,” he says. “It makes you cry, but with happiness and emotion.” Photo by @ivantortajada
Professional Irish dancer Tyler Schwartz (@tylerschwartzdance) loves to play off his crowd’s energy. “Irish dance is a rowdy, fun and high-energy dance form that usually involves a lot of audience participation,” says 25-year-old Tyler, who lives in Chicago. “When the audience is on the same wavelength as you, there is absolutely nothing like it!” After competing around the world for many years, Tyler now shares the stage, performing with his former opponents — he calls them some of his closest friends. This year, he has Saint Patrick’s Day off. “I’m planning on meeting up with a bunch of my old Irish dance friends to celebrate,” he says. Today, we’re celebrating with Tyler’s skills. Watch our Instagram story to see some of his awe-inspiring choreography. ☘️ Video of Tyler and @missemilymacc by @tylerschwartzdance
“I’ve celebrated this day in the past, but it’s different in Ireland,” says American expat Elizabeth Lamb (@ebdeco) of Saint Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks aside, Elizabeth says it’s a time for friends and family. “The tradition here is to go to Mass in the morning, and after go watch the parade,” she says, which is followed by meeting friends at the pub and listening to traditional Irish music. After visiting Ireland as a teenager, Elizabeth returned to research her family history and wound up falling so in love with the country that four years ago, she moved into an old house on a sheep farm in Donegal, overlooking the North Atlantic. “The Irish landscapes, especially the rugged beauty of Donegal, are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen,” says Elizabeth. “I love the ever-changing light, the unspoiled raw beauty and the old stone walls, castles and cottages steeped in history.” Plus, she adds, “Where else can you find a crock of gold at the end of the rainbow?” 🍀 Photo by @ebdeco
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Alex Koszeghy’s (@alexkosz) commitment to sparkle (and glitter) bursted out of struggle. “For the majority of my life, I really struggled with a lot of insecurities and self-esteem problems. These, along with my desire to be liked and accepted by others, led to me developing anorexia as a teenager — which I then struggled with for many years. Thankfully, I was able to push through and find recovery and freedom,” says Alex, now 23. “It is amazing how different life starts to become when you really love yourself. I have stopped trying to hide who I am and have just let the world see my sparkle!” Last year, Alex attended a UNC Tar Heels game painted up in glitter for the first time. “I will never forget that day for as long as I live, and I realized that there was no going back. There is nothing that compares to the feeling of being covered in paint alongside other Heels cheering on the team!” Check out @marchmadness’ Instagram story to see Alex and other college basketball fans gear up and support their teams. Photo by @alexkosz
In a small village just over an hour’s drive from Madrid, Sergio Castañera Gomez (@_casta_) and his friends took a vintage SEAT 600 out for a spin. “I wanted to re-create a scene from another time,” says Sergio. #WHPtravelogue Photo by @_casta_
A road trip from his hometown of Sydney, Australia, prompted Pat Kay (@pat_kay) to create his #WHPtravelogue submission. “I was inspired by the vastness of the Stockton sand dunes and wanted people to experience the epic scale of this place with me.” Photo by @pat_kay