Self-taught photographer Alex Spurway (@spurwaya) first picked up a camera three years ago. “I am motivated by the people I shoot with, the desire to spend any second of free time I have out creating and never missing any opportunities,” says the 20-year-old from Brisbane, Australia. “Once an idea for a shot comes into my head I won’t stop chasing it.” During his university studies in 2015, Alex co-founded OzShot Magazine (@ozshotmag), an independent photography magazine. “When people see my work, I want them to feel inspired to try something out of the ordinary, travel somewhere new, get out of their comfort zone.” Photo by @spurwaya
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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.
This week was sentimental for friends Akihito Nagata (@abu888) and Yurie (@yuuuuuriiie), who began collaborating after they met on Instagram, because Yurie will be moving to Tokyo. “I love this circular window,” says Akihito. “It perfectly frames the cityscape of Osaka and the backlight creates solid silhouettes.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo of @yuuuuuriiie by @abu888
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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
“Can’t is not a word we like to use,” says Jon Boogz (@jonboogz), who together with Lil Buck (@lilbuckdalegend) founded Movement Art Is to inspire social change through creative physical expression. “Dance is more than just entertainment. It’s a universal language that can help heal,” Jon says. Whether they’re recording a performance to be viewed around the world or freestyling for friends, both are driven by the transformative experience shared by dancers and their audience. “Dance is a form of liberation regardless of how good you think you are,” says Buck. “So keep dancin’.” Watch our Instagram story right now for a peek at this duo’s moves.
Don’t smile for the camera. That’s the first rule Simon Chaudoir (@simonchaudoir) imparts to the grips, gaffers and other behind-the-scenes characters that take center stage in his surreal, poker-faced photographs. When Simon, a London-based director of photography, began staging the photos — which he initially dubbed “Industrial Accidents” — they were simply mementos of his gigs. Now, his clients often are as eager to hear his ideas for the picture he and the crew sneak off to snap during their lunch break as the one they were hired to shoot. “Some directors and producers probably think, ‘Do I want to hire this guy, given that he seems to spend so much time on set arsing around?’” Simon says. “But taking a picture really cheers people up. It’s something beyond the work, work, work — a silly, joyous moment.” Photo by @simonchaudoir
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
Kirsty Ballard (@madeinjoho) captured a candid display of joyful affection when her mom, an elephant enthusiast from England, visited a sanctuary in South Africa. “This fella in particular loves to give trunk kisses and was by far mum’s favorite,” she says. #WHPloveis Photo by @madeinjoho
Hello, world! It’s time for a very special edition of #WeeklyFluff. Meet Biscuit (@busybodybiscuit), a Cavalier King Charles who was spotted getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit with her puppy pal Sir Charles Barkley. 💋 Follow @busybodybiscuit to keep up with her adventures around Chicago.
It all began with snickerdoodles. Growing up in New Jersey, Michele Tanenbaum’s (@lucky_bites) health-focused mother wouldn’t allow treats in the house, but Michele managed to trick her into letting her bake cookies. “I convinced her it was creative,” she says. “And everybody has cinnamon and sugar. Snickerdoodles were my go-to.” Looking at the kinds of cookies she now dreams up for her Brooklyn, New York-based business Luckybites — named after her dog, Lucky — that early creativity has flourished. Trained as an apparel designer, Michele first got an inkling to turn cookie decorating into a profession when she was holiday shopping. “I was buying gourmet gift baskets to give to clients, and I realized that I could probably make them better myself,” she says. So, she took to coming up with her own recipes for everything from biscotti to Linzer hearts to thumbprints to sugar cookies. “I started to realize that I liked this way of being creative better than the clothing design.” For Valentine’s Day, Michele says she will be sketching just like she did during her fashion days. “But now I’m doing it with icing.” Video by @lucky_bites
Sreevathsav (@sreevathsav) captured these lovely smiles during a friend’s wedding celebration in Bangalore, India. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to this weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPloveis. Photo by @sreevathsav
Even the most rational, scientifically minded people in the world need a little break from reality sometimes. Silvia Minucelli (@mijbilcreatures) knows the feeling all too well, so the engineer channeled that energy into creating her tiny, indescribably cute animal figurines. “I’m a rather introverted person, so in some sense my miniature world works as a buffer between me and the ‘real world,’” says Silvia, who lives in Sweden. She sculpts, paints, bakes and varnishes polymer clay — “traditional sculpting tools are way too big for my miniatures, so I use toothpicks, crochet hooks, needles and my fingertips” – to create her creatures like dragons, unicorns, jackalopes and satyrs. “Like many engineers, fantasy and mythology have always been a part of my life,” says Silvia, whose mother read her “The Hobbit” before bed while she was growing up in Venice, Italy. It’s back to her home country for Valentine’s Day this year — the ski slopes of the Dolomites are too good to miss out on in February. “Lots of snow, good company and a cup of decadent hot chocolate,” says Silvia. “What could be better?” #MadeToCreate Photo by @mijbilcreatures
For Jenn Sanchez (@jennchezdesign), a beautiful arrangement of flowers can induce a sense of delight — and maybe even love. “I really believe the right combination of color, texture and movement can make you feel something — transport you somewhere else,” says the 25-year-old California-based floral designer. Jenn was painting flowers as a young girl long before she was arranging them, but she was always a little frustrated with her art. “I wanted something more tangible,” she says. “Throughout the years, flowers were a constant source of inspiration. Their complexity still astounds me — all that from a tiny seed. Working with something physical has been immensely satisfying.” Jenn’s efforts are the reward for the lucky admirers who snag one of her arrangements for Valentine’s Day this year, but she’s personally hoping for something sweeter: “Maybe some sea salt dark chocolate from my husband.” Photo of @jennchezdesign by @gillianstevens
“This photo represents the real Casablanca, the busy city where many things can happen at the same time!” says Yassine Alaoui Ismaili (@yoriyas), a lifelong resident and photographer. “Chaotic but organized.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @yoriyas
Chance the Rapper (@chancetherapper) has been nominated for a whopping seven Grammy Awards (@recordingacademy), including Best New Artist. “I saw the main victory or accomplishment being that the Recording Academy was going to start recognizing streaming-only and not-for-sale projects from recognized platforms,” says the 23-year-old rapper from Chicago, whose album “Coloring Book” is the first streaming-only album ever to receive a Grammy nomination. “I was cool with my life before I found out that I was nominated for any Grammys, and finding out that I was nominated for several? It’s still not really real to me yet. But when I found out, I was in my bed, dumbfounded and completely alone, and I just kind of screamed and turned on some music. It was a great, great moment in my life.” Photo by @chancetherapper