Patrik Monka’s (@riomonka) photography is an ode to the power of gymnasts and ballerinas. “I really like the strong poses and the energy they have,” says the photographer and video editor, who is originally from Sweden and based in Barcelona. Patrik carefully chooses the landscapes where he shoots — he wants to ensure these dynamic, flexible models are inspired by their surroundings, too. “The important thing for me is to be positive and inspire others to be positive,” says Patrik. “That’s my life goal.” To discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community, follow @instagrames. Photo by @riomonka
Photographer Ragnhild Vaaler Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) found the perfect curtain to filter the morning light in Norway. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
Passersby stop to watch a dramatic storm roll in off the coast of Itamaracá Island in Brazil. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ytallobarreto
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At 16 years old, Morgan Hipworth (@bistromorgan) has dreamed up over 2,000 doughnut flavors and opened his own shop, Bistro Morgan, in Windsor, Australia. Unlike most entrepreneurs dealing with the demands of their first business, Morgan is also a full-time high school student. “One of the biggest challenges is time management, managing my time inside of school and getting as much homework as I can done,” he says. “I’m always working around that.” But seeing people take a big bite or shoot one of Morgan’s signature syringes of filling — a concept he created to stand out — is worth the energy and effort. “Food plays such an active part in people’s lives,” says Morgan. “It can determine their mood or how their day is going. I love being a part of that.” #MadeToCreate Watch Morgan make some of his signature creations right now on our Instagram story! Photo by @bistromorgan
“Child marriage is a root cause for a lot of the issues that girls face,” says photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix). Her ongoing 15-year series “Too Young to Wed” (@tooyoungtowed) sheds light on the challenges girls face — cyclical poverty, curtailed education, psychological trauma, sexual violence and, at times, the transmission of HIV — when forced to marry at a young age. The work has taken her to numerous countries where the practice is common, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Yemen. “While it has similarities in certain parts of the world, it has differences,” Stephanie says. “There’s different cultural nuances in each place.” Today in Washington, D.C., the International Women’s Media Foundation (@theiwmf) is celebrating Stephanie with the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. “It’s a little bit bittersweet because the award is in the name of a colleague whose life ended doing this work,” explains Stephanie. “It means even more to be recognized with an award with Anja’s name. We crossed paths several times in Iraq and Afghanistan. I just don’t want to go without saying — it means a lot.” Photo by @stephsinclairpix
Hello, world! It's time for a hair-raising edition of #WeeklyFluff. Apparently, one cat’s trash is Ryo Yamazaki’s (@rojiman) treasure. Maru (pictured) is one of the three felines whose shed fur is recycled and carefully crafted into hats for cats. Follow @rojiman to keep up with this creative haberdasher’s designs.
In the US Pacific Northwest, Joseph Watrous (@gemini_digitized) waited for the perfect morning light to hit the farmland in front of him. “I could wake up here every day and never miss the city!” #WHPgoodmorning Photo by @gemini_digitized
It took Amy Corson (@amy_corson) a few tries at setting a timer on her camera and hopping under the covers to get a shot she liked, but the playful result was worth the effort. “Good mornings and coffee are pretty synonymous,” she says. “You can’t have one without the other.” #WHPgoodmorning Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @amy_corson
A pair of birds stop by for breakfast, served up by a helpful hand. #WHPgoodmorning Photo @jackmanchiu
Coffee just tastes better when you drink it outside — especially in the early morning light of Valencia, Spain. ☕️ #WHPgoodmorning Photo by @andrescarrionbaz
In the world of R&B, 21-year-old singer Kehlani (@kehlani) is an artist making moves to the front of the pack. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Kehlani is fresh off the release of a new album and is kicking off a North American tour at @coachella. “I attended the festival two years ago, but this is my first time performing!” says Kehlani, who’s in the lineup with artists like Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. She’s most excited for Kendrick’s performance, but Kehlani is also looking forward to checking out artists she’s never seen before. “I know I’ll discover some great ones here,” she says, pictured here with Khalid (@thegr8khalid). Explore the sights and sounds of Coachella with Kehlani right now on our Instagram story.
Fiesta (@fiestathecat), a posh and playful Jack Russell terrier, peers out at the world from a pool of daisies. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @fiestathecat
“A wise man once said, a handplant a day keeps the doctor away,” writes Stefan Mahlknecht (@stefan_mahl) in his caption. An outdoor photographer and graduate student living in South Tyrol, Italy, Stefan thought this trick’s shape mirrored Giau Pass, the mountain in the background, located in the Italian Dolomites. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @stefan_mahl
A biker brigade — with bouquets on back — glides through the streets of São Paulo. 💐 This photo from artist @azumamakoto depicts part of his installation that rides around the city until May 7. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @azumamakoto
“Hey! My name is Myles Loftin (@goldenpolaroid) and I live in New York City. I’m a 19-year-old freelance photographer and student at Parsons School of Design. I was always interested in art and creating, but it wasn’t until five years ago, when I took a trip to Italy with my family, that I realized photography was what I was really interested in doing. **Three things I’m grateful for:** 🙌 @egyptique. My friend Anzie is very determined about what she wants to do. She moved to New York from Texas, and I’ve seen her grow a lot since she’s been here. She’s also very supportive of what I’m doing; I always know that I can count on her if I have something that I’m worried about or something that I just want to get off my chest. 🙌 @bandrybarry. I photographed director Barry Jenkins once, and when it was later published, he took the time out of his day to acknowledge me. The fact that he remembered me and had such positive things to say about my career was incredible. 🙌 @teenvogue. They’re empowering young people to be active politically. I think they’re doing a really good job of that.” If you could give a 🙌 to three Instagram accounts who support or inspire you, who would they be? Post using #🙌🙌🙌 for a chance to be featured on Instagram. Photo by @goldenpolaroid
Alina Valitova (@alinavalitova) consistently shares playful, extraordinary Boomerangs of life in Moscow and her travels around the world. Lucky for us, the set designer and photographer put together a helpful tutorial, breaking down her essential steps for #Boomerang magic. ✨ Check out our Instagram story to see Alina’s tips and tricks. #Boomerang by @alinavalitova