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
Today, we’re introducing two new features in Direct: landscape and portrait orientations, plus links. Now, whenever you send a permanent photo or video to your friends in Direct from your camera roll, you don’t have to worry about cropping it. We’ve also added support for links in Direct. You can share website links with friends and preview them directly from your thread. You’ll also see links for phone numbers and addresses. Since introducing the new Instagram Direct in April, we’ve been excited to give people more ways to have fun, visual conversations. We’ll continue to make improvements to Instagram Direct throughout the year. Landscape and portrait uploads in Direct are available today on iOS, with Android coming soon. Links in Direct messages are available today on both Android and iOS as part of Instagram version 10.22.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sarah Diouf calls herself a serial entrepreneur. She started a digital media and visual production company that houses two publications, and her latest venture Tongoro (@tongorostudio) is a ready-to-wear clothing line #MadeInAfrica. “By sourcing our materials on the continent and working with local tailors, our long-term goal is to contribute to the development of the retail production in western Africa, opening our first atelier here in Dakar, Senegal,” says Sarah, who was born in Paris and is now based in Dakar. Tongoro translates to “star” in Sango, the national language of the Central African Republic, where Sarah’s mother comes from. “I want to invite young Africans to dare and reach for the stars, prove that we can build our own dream by owning our ideas and putting them into fruition,” she says. “I dream of an Africa healed from the wounds inflicted because of a way of thinking that limited us for too long. It’s time for us to get to work and build a secure, strong and promising place, challenging the rest of the world with assets that belong to no one else but us.” #AfricaDay Photo by @tongorostudio
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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
By positioning her foster grandson and labradoodle, Reagan, along the reflective waters of the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, Sandi Swiridoff (@reagandoodle) was able to capture two meanings within the #WHPreflections theme. “The practice of yoga encourages us to reflect back on our own lives,” she says. Photo by @reagandoodle
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.
Today we’re excited to announce two new ways to discover the world around you on Explore: location stories and hashtag stories. Now you can see what’s happening around you and find stories related to your interests. You’ll see a new story ring at the top of Explore filled with stories happening near you. You can also search for any location around the world, and you’ll see a story ring for that place at the top of the location page. We’re also beginning to introduce hashtag stories on Explore. When you search for a hashtag, you may see a story ring at the top of the page filled with stories using that hashtag. Add a location sticker or hashtag to your story and you may be included in the larger story. If you want to use a location or hashtag sticker but don’t want your story to appear on Explore, tap the X on your stories viewer list. From discovering new parts of your hometown to jogging alongside the #fromwhereirun community, location and hashtag stories help you share these experiences as they unfold. To learn more about location stories and hashtag stories, check out help.instagram.com. Location stories on Explore are available on iOS and Android as part of Instagram version 10.22 in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Hashtag stories will be rolling out over the coming weeks.
Thanks to a few carefully placed mirrors, hands emerge from the sand in Sonora, Mexico. #WHPreflections Photo by @pacodelosmonteros
Frida, a rescued Ibizan hound, and her human Miriam Behrendt (@tangoandfrida), took shelter from an approaching storm in a canola field. “We were on a walk and she instantly went there to hide from the weather,” says Miriam. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @tangoandfrida
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.
“Is it croissant time yet?” Dominique (@allthatisshe) and her daughters catch a few extra winks before breakfast in bed. 🥐 #WHPhomesweethome Photo by @allthatisshe