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
A herd of goats race the setting sun in Madurai, India. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @sreevathsav
Photographer Ragnhild Vaaler Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) found the perfect curtain to filter the morning light in Norway. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
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Passersby stop to watch a dramatic storm roll in off the coast of Itamaracá Island in Brazil. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ytallobarreto
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
There’s a chance underwater athlete Sofía Gómez Uribe (@sofigomezu) is part mermaid. “I feel so at peace and just happy to feel the freedom of being under the sea,” says the 25-year-old from Medellín, Colombia, who holds three Pan-American records in competitive apnea (also known as free diving) — a sport where she descends deep into the ocean, without an oxygen tank. “It’s what I like to do and what makes me get up in the morning,” says Sofía. “Apnea has taught me to get to know myself, to explore my weaknesses and strengths. Every day, I improve. I’ve learned to make progress and surpass my own limits.” Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Video by @sofigomezu
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
Ülevus (@ulevus) is a Brazilian brand on a mission to make gender equality more widespread. Paola Penna met her co-founder and girlfriend Larissa Rodrigues while in college. “We were already indignant with what the fashion industry had to offer us, so we decided to create a brand without gender division that could withstand the demand of young consumers like us who were tired of stereotypes,” says Paola, who’s now 22 and lives in São Paulo. “On October 12, 2014, we opened a store for online shopping. Since that time, we have been applying the concept of not having a gender division in our clothes.” Paola and Larissa stay motivated knowing they provide an open, inclusive and stylish destination for shoppers. “We want to make the place where we live a more egalitarian place even with our differences,” says Paola, “which in the end, make us all human.” Watch our Instagram story to learn more about Ülevus. Photo by @ulevus
This little Easter bunny is tuckered out from a weekend of friends, family and a visit to tulip fields near Amsterdam. 🐰#WHPgoodmorning Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @thesematters
Starting this week, you can save posts into private collections. Tap and hold the bookmark icon underneath any post to save it directly to a collection. You can create and name a new collection when you save a post, or you can add it to one you’ve already created. You can also create a collection out of your existing saved posts. Tap the plus icon in the top right corner, give your collection a name and select the saved posts you’d like to add. You can find your collections on the saved posts tab on your profile. Just like all saved posts, your collections are private — only you can see them. Since we introduced the ability to save posts last December, 46 percent of Instagrammers have saved at least one post. Whether you want to plan your next day trip, revisit your favorite artists’ illustrations or always have some animal videos on hand, collections can help you keep track of the posts you want to remember. To learn more about save collections, check out help.instagram.com. This update is available for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play as part of Instagram version 10.16.
Food lovers from around the world flock to @coachella for a reason. The annual music and arts celebration pays careful attention to their curation of food, bringing together a list of vendors ranging from Los Angeles’ finest gourmet chefs to food truck favorites who give a festival twist to their signature dishes — think fruit-filled acai bowls, Peruvian-Mexican burritos and fresh ceviche topped with uni. Afters Ice Cream (@aftersicecream) is one vendor scooping flavorful cones this weekend. “We use local ingredients when possible, and we do everything by hand, in house,” says Joshua Stevens, who manages festivals and catering for the small-batch ice cream company. Founded in Fountain Valley, California, Afters’ flavors range from Vietnamese-influenced jasmine milk to a play on the traditional cookies and cream – a vibrant blue-colored ice cream with Oreo chunks called Cookie Monster. “Whether you’re 6 months old or 99 years old, everyone loves that flavor. The color really sticks out.” Photo of @aftersicecream by @jnsilva
“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
For two weekends in April, the small desert oasis of Indio, California, is a destination for tens of thousands of @coachella attendees, who flock for music, food and art. Two of the featured artists this year are Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao, who make up the Brooklyn-based duo Chiaozza (@chiaozza). “Chiaozza Garden” is an entire acre of tall, bulbous, colorful structures — all of which have whimsical names like Giros, Dollop Sprouts, Twin Lumps and Exquisite Plants — that stand out even in the vastness of the festival grounds. “When we were designing this garden,” says Terri, “we thought a lot about the experience of the light in the desert — how it gets kind of bleached out during the day, but the colors start to really glow at dusk and sunrise.” Evolving from a sketch in their studio to 8-ton sculptures made from plywood, lathe, stucco and cement in the center of Coachella, the pair had a hand in every stage of the production process. “It’s the largest project we’ve ever done,” says Adam. “It’s so fun to see people engage with the work,” which includes dancing with some of the pieces’ rubber tassels and resting in the late afternoon shade the structures provide. “Over time, we want this work to continuously befuddle and offer a curious sense of imagination.” Photo by @cole_younger_
“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