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
Fog as far as the eye can see. David Afandi (@maspeot) shares a tranquil moment overlooking the view from Bukit Panguk Kediwung, Indonesia. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @maspeot
We owe this captivating #BoomerangOfTheWeek to one big rock and Fernando Carreras’ (@fernycarreras) creativity. “Temperatures in areas of the mountains in Cuenca have been down to -13 C [9 F], so many lakes were frozen,” explains Fernando, who was out taking photos, videos and Boomerangs for his ecotourism company. #Boomerang by @fernycarreras
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A farmer and his canine companion end a long day of work on their farm. “The man is a very nice and generous guy, and the dog seems to have the same personality of its owner,” says Sergio Ranalli (@sergio_ranalli) who captured this moment in Brazil. “It is a beautiful friendship — full of fellowship, respect and trust.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @sergio_ranalli
Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) is back out there doing what he loves: performing. “This is one of the first times I’ve played these new songs to fans live,” says Ed, who performed new music off his upcoming album “Divide” at an intimate show in New York City. “I like small concerts, and I like big concerts, too. I just like playing.” Tap our profile pic to experience Ed’s event for yourself. 🎸 His new album drops March 3. ➗
All of Marina Schammler’s (@lightpoem) photos exude coziness. She credits a weekly visit to her local flower market as a source of inspiration — and a welcome a break from everyday stresses. 💐 “When I get home, I tie a beautiful bouquet and enjoy having brought something into the house that will keep me in good spirits,” says the industrial management assistant who lives in Siegburg, Germany. Then, she often heads to the kitchen. Marina started baking as a teenager, and today, she cooks up sweet delights like berry flans, crepes and waffles, artistically arranging them with fresh flowers to create a dreamy setting. “Flowers are an indispensable way of putting coziness, atmosphere and beauty into my pictures,” she says. Discover more stories from the German-speaking community on @instagramde. Photo by @lightpoem
He’s based in one of Australia’s busiest cities, but freelance photographer Benjamin Lee (@itchban) thrives in nature. “There is so much unnoticed beauty in the world and everything that surrounds us — if only you take the time to look for it,” says the 30-year-old Sydney resident who left his office job two years ago to pursue photography full time. Benjamin hopes his work energizes other people to go explore. “It’s easy to get weighed down by your worries and not realize how big the world is and how small your problems actually are,” he says. “Get out there and enjoy what the world has to offer.” Photo by @itchban
A Parisian passerby’s march mirrors a Champs-Élysées statue. Jean Paul Bardelot (@jeanpaulbardelot) caught the moment at the Grand Palais in Paris for last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPimitation. Photo by @jeanpaulbardelot
For last weekend’s hashtag project #WHPimitation, artist Aravis Dolmenna (@aravisdolmenna) created a (literally) handmade cockatoo. “My feed is all about fun and the unexpected,” says the Aravis, who regularly disguises her hand for art. ✌️ Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to the project throughout the week. Photo by @aravisdolmenna
Art imitates nature in this #WHPimitation submission from Bangalore, India, where photojournalist Abhishek Chinnappa (@abhichinnappa) found a group of performers painted head to toe as tigers to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, a day commemorating the overseas Indian community. Photo by @abhichinnappa
During the first pocket of “mommy time” she carved out after her son was born, Krista Barmer (@pendrops) started stitching. “It was something I put my hands to,” says Krista, who had previously played guitar and pursued music in Nashville, Tennessee. “After I had my son, I felt drawn to fabric, textiles, fibers and paper, and wanted to express my journey in that way.” Seven years later, Krista has established herself as a textile artist, selling her works from her online shop. “There’s something about the slowness of it, and that it’s my hands creating every stitch,” she says of the process. “Even the stitches that snag or get tangled, I leave them as they are because it means something. It makes it interesting, gives dimension and tells a story, too.” #MadeToCreate Photo by @pendrops
Tonight is the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes), an event honoring the best in film and American television. 📽️📺 Watch our Instagram story to see what the night is like when you’re walking the red carpet — we’re going behind the scenes with actress and four-time nominee Sofía Vergara (@sofiavergara).
For Ana (@anakirsch), a bird keeping company with swan boats symbolizes the potential to achieve big things in the new year. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @anakirsch
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
Our #BoomerangOfTheWeek = a wild game of spoons played with Maddie’s (@maddsmac) family in Pennsylvania. 🥄 Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @maddsmac
For food photographer and stylist Andrey Tulsky (@andrrresky), #OrthodoxChristmas is an opportunity to share his passion with friends and family. “I always have edible, beautifully decorated, not expensive gifts, smelling of the Christmas mood,” says Andrey, who is known to bake cookies, construct gingerbread houses or can tasty jams harvested from summer fruits. Andrey also takes the lead preparing Christmas dinner at home in Yekaterinburg, Russia: “My family fully trusts me to serve the table and think about an unusual menu. They want to see how the compositions of my photos come to life on this magical night.” ✨ Discover more stories from the Russian-speaking community on @instagramru. Photo by @andrrresky