Tens of thousands of electronic music revelers from around the globe descend upon the Belgium city of Boom for two weekends in July for the @tomorrowland festival. “I love how the festival keeps improving itself — the production, the stages — it gets crazier every year,” says DJ Martin Garrix (@martingarrix), who is performing at the festival for the fourth year in a row. “Onstage, I get a very euphoric feeling when I see all these people in the crowd, having the best time and enjoying the music,” the Dutch musician explains. “I always want to put on the best performance so before my show I still get nervous, but when I get onstage it just all falls in place. It’s hard to explain, but the adrenaline I get from performing is insane and one of the best feelings in the world.”
Watch our Instagram story now for a behind-the-scenes look from one of the world’s largest music festivals.
Photo of @martingarrix by @louisvanbaar
Fireworks are on display for one in this surreal scene from Japan’s Aichi Prefecture by Taizi Sakamoto (@aixphoto). “I was inspired by the light and shadow in the beautiful sky,” says Taizi. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @aixphoto
“Serendipity has played its role in making this photo,” says Marko Risovic (@markorisovic) of a timeless moment captured in Drvengrad, Serbia. The freelance photographer from Belgrade noticed the golden light on the mountaintops from the corner of his eye while on assignment at a nearby music festival. “The timing was perfect. Ten minutes before or after this photograph was made, the scene had a completely different feeling and visual quality.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @markorisovic
A single flower becomes a giant gift when playing with scale in this coastal scene from Balaklava, Ukraine. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @chuuubaka
It’s been an exciting year for Sejahari Saulter-Villegas (@amaru_ler). The 18-year-old, who travels to NYU this fall to study dramatic writing, was recognized by Chicago’s young playwrights competition, and made his Broadway performance debut after winning a separate competition. “I was born into this community of arts and activism,” says Sejahari. “I started at Kuumba Lynx, which is a hip-hop arts and education program housed in the Uptown area of Chicago. We take elements of rap, poetry, theater, dance, and we put it into a production, so the world of poetry and theater were always intertwined.”
This week, Sejahari joined other young creatives at the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival @bravenewvoices for its 20th annual gathering. “People think that poetry is this café, after-midnight thing, when the culture that it’s become is a place for youth to speak their truth and express themselves in a way that informs the entire world of what’s going on.” The multi-day festival, which includes workshops, competitions, showcases, community service and civic participation, is an energizing moment for Sejahari. “I love this slam community. I have people in Philly, New York, Twin Cities, Miami — we haven’t seen these people for a whole year, some two years, but we come back and we’re best friends. Social media plays a big part in that because it’s sort of how we constantly stay updated on each other’s lives.”
Check out our story to meet more poets from this year’s @bravenewvoices festival.
Photo by @amaru_ler
The majesty of the Matterhorn pales in comparison to the cuteness of these Valais blacknose sheep. “When I saw this herd of sheep and well-known Matterhorn in the background, I imagined exactly this picture in my mind,” says Iryna Raichuk (@iryna_raichuk). “I just didn’t know how to make them still,” says Iryna, who lives in Zurich. An unfortunate misstep while trying to get the shot did just the trick. “I knocked over a stone and fell down with my heavy backpack. At that moment, I was screaming something and all sheep stopped moving. It was a magic.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @iryna_raichuk
Two swans make guest appearances as Kate Matsevych (@kate_matsevych) strolls down a dock at Toronto’s Sunnyside Beach in our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. Kate has spent the past three years traveling the globe, and at each stop she tries to capture Boomerangs of inspiring places. “Actually, I’m scared of water,” says Kate, who grew up in the Ukraine. “But when moving forward into something new and unexplored, the main thing is to know that you’re not alone, and you have a person that will always take care of you — like those two swans. Did you know that they are mates for life?”
Add #BoomerangOfTheWeek to your next Boomerang — yours might show up here on @instagram.
#Boomerang by @kate_matsevych
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPmood
The goal this weekend is to create photos and videos that creatively interpret specific moods, like this underwhelmed, sleepy cat by @rojiman. Whether you’re feeling amused, energetic, mellow or even bored, here’s how to get started:
If you’re with friends, look for ways to playfully exaggerate a mood without using words — like all yawning together to show being tired, or contrasting one friend’s silliness with another friend’s seriousness.
Consider how an emotion can be conveyed through props, colors and even sounds. Colors like blue and gray can create a sense of calm, while happiness can be found in overhearing laughter at a public park.
If you’re not sure what mood best suits you — try some on in stories via face filters and stickers, and share your favorite creations to feed.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPmood hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Featured photo by @rojiman
“I’m an adult and I dress up as people,” says 22-year-old cosplayer Kiera Please (@kieraplease). While Kiera enjoys seeing the reactions she gets from bystanders when she’s in costume, she says the process of transforming herself into beloved characters is the real reward. “I think growing up, I was a little scared to be myself in a sense, or wear whatever I wanted to or do my hair however I wanted to,” the Atlanta-based creative explains. “What I’ve learned is, don’t be afraid to just try something completely random or new, because you never know what you’re going to like until you try it.”
Watch our Instagram story now to see Kiera’s cosplay characters come to life.
Photo by @kieraplease
Hello, world! Meet today’s squeaky-clean #WeeklyFluff, @sun.kyu39thankyou. This Himalayan cat and his brother from Japan are often seen soaking in the tub, dressing up and munching on treats. To learn more about these seal-point furballs, follow @sun.kyu39thankyou
Lady Divine Tugade (@uhmlady) is a natural both in front of and behind the camera. “I’m not very camera shy,” says the 19-year-old fashion blogger and photographer, “but styling and capturing individuals is definitely something I love!”
Lady Divine moved from Quezon City in the Philippines to Edmonton, Alberta, with her family when she was just 1 year old. “Alberta is absolutely beautiful,” she says. “I can’t even explain the rush you can get hiking up mountains in Jasper, Banff and Canmore.”
In her off-blogging hours, Lady Divine likes to spend time with her neighbors and friends, and especially appreciates the range of people she meets in her city. “I love the diversity here,” she says. “Not only in ethnicity and background, but in the types of individuals you meet and their crafts.”
This story is part of #🇨🇦❤️ a new series celebrating people all across Canada.
Photo by @uhmlady
Foreign news correspondent Sune Engel Rasmussen (@suneengel) has his #EyesOn Afghanistan, a place he says is teeming with stories. “Afghanistan has, to some extent, dropped off the news radar,” he says. Sune is working to bring it back.
Sune, who is Danish, arrived in Afghanistan in 2014 after three years of living and working in Iran. “I knew the Persian language and had a great interest in the region,” he says. Though he lives in Kabul, he tries to travel to other parts of the country, such as Helmand Province, at least once a month to understand the conflict happening outside of the capital city. “Afghanistan is an immensely fascinating place to report from, and every day offers new surprises about the country,” he says. “Afghans are generous with their time and their stories, and I feel fortunate to be able to listen to them and to experience this country at a crucial time in its modern history.”
Photo by @suneengel
Turning an emoji into a polymer clay mosaic is no easy feat, but artist Linda Webb (@creekside_studio) made it happen with this little 😻. “This photo makes me happy,” she says. “This particular emoji is always used to communicate a positive message.” #WHPISpyEmojis
Photo by @creekside_studio
“If I could send one emoji to my dog, which one would it be?” asks Samuel Jurcic (@lookoflal), blowing 😘 to his loyal friend Lal. #WHPISpyEmojis
Photo by @lookoflal
As an architect, “I’m always looking for simple, minimal structures,” says Aida Rivero Díaz (@candyperfumeworld). “The fact that this is not a regular emoji made it harder to find!” Ⓜ️
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend's hashtag project, #WHPISpyEmojis.
Photo by @candyperfumeworld
Kym Pham (@kympham) found the end of the rainbow in Iceland. #WHP🌈
Photo by @kympham
It’s just another day at the beach for Tanya Michel (@thezenkitty) and her cat in the United Arab Emirates. “It inspires me to watch my cats outdoors,” she says. “All their senses are alive as they take in everything around them.” 😺 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @thezenkitty
Two of Vanessa Miura’s (@vmiura) favorite things — lavender fields and her dog, Suri — came together at sunset in southern Brazil. “Suri is such an inspiration for me, with all her dog innocence and pure love.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @vmiura
Two brothers play with optical illusions on a beach in the Netherlands. #WHPstandout
Photo by @chezdre
In the lush greenery of Taiwan’s Yangmingshan National Park, Vivian Huang (@vivianhaung) stops to smell the hydrangeas. “The light coming down from between the clouds made these flowers even more dazzling,” she says. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @vivianhaung
While having a visit in her mother’s garden in Austria, Nina Streit (@dreamingofmidsummer) spotted Moonie, her mom’s cat, crawling out of an abandoned birdhouse after a catnap. “I love the cat’s expression — so serious and self-assured,” says Nina. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @dreamingofmidsummer
Coming in for a landing. 🐝 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @kimako_
As a child growing up in western Pennsylvania, Paige Davis (@pythonpaige) was entranced by the natural world. “I always knew I was going to work with animals when I grew up,” she says. “I just didn’t know what that work would be.” Years later, while earning a degree in wildlife and fisheries science in college, she studied all sorts of creatures, but birds of prey sparked her passion. “I loved working with raptors,” Paige says. “I was hooked.”
Today, Paige and her colleagues at Missouri’s World Bird Sanctuary (@worldbirdsanctuary) share their knowledge of hawks, falcons, owls and other raptors with hundreds of thousands of children and adults each year. Bald eagles, while among the most popular with audiences, “are not the friendliest birds,” Paige admits. “They can be a bit ornery — but they’re truly magnificent.” (Two of the sanctuary’s bald eagles, Lewis and Clark, are the “official eagles” of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.)
“There’s a quote [by French conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau], ‘People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught,’” says Paige. “That’s basically why my job is important, and why I love it.”
Photo by @pythonpaige
Exploring the countryside outside of Bogota with a pup named Milo #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @villano1970
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPgetaway
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos showing how you escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life — like this one by @kilianschoenberger.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
If you live in the country, do you head to an urban center? If you live in the city, do you escape to the mountains or the desert? Capture your favorite place outside of your everyday environment.
Taking time for yourself doesn’t always require travel. Whether you’re grabbing coffee during the workday or relaxing in your backyard, these short retreats can pack almost as much punch as longer ones.
Get creative with your camera. Capture your getaway through a video, Boomerang, Hyperlapse or Rewind to add a new layer of meaning and context.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPgetaway hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Featured photo by @kilianschoenberger
For Hedi Gharrat (@h.rebel), creativity starts with setting the table. Inspired by books, history and the far-flung places that she hopes to visit, Hedi creates delectable dreamlands from her home in Tehran, Iran, that burst with detail. “I don’t want the photos to be just about the food — I want every one of them to be like a little piece of a world,” she says. “From the background to the smallest piece in the photo, I try to harmonize the colors of everything with one another. I want the viewer’s eye to travel around the frame, finding little codes and details that I’ve put there.” A self-taught baker who studied computer science, Hedi can spend an entire day photographing a fantasy tea party or a vintage spread, which she hopes inspires others to pursue their creative passion. “No matter where you are, your imagination knows no boundaries — dream as loud and as bright as you can.”
Photo by @h.rebel
Bellerby & Co. Globemakers (@globemakers) is one of the only companies in the world still handcrafting globes — everything from molding a perfect sphere to personalizing the maps to painting details — and they have no intention of stopping. “A globe is a true representation of the world,” says Jade Fenster, longtime partner in life and work of company founder Peter Bellerby. “A globe may inspire you to travel. It makes you understand where you belong on this amazing world. And sometimes, you might just reflect on its beauty and fragility.”
After learning how to make a globe for his father’s 80th birthday, Peter founded the company in his living room in 2008, and it has since grown to 20 cartographers, woodworkers, illustrators, engravers and painters in a former warehouse space in northern London. “Everything is bespoke, and using old-school methods means that each globe ends up being entirely unique,” says Jade. After placing an order, several months will pass before customers receive their globes — size options range in diameter from 9 to 50 inches (23 to 127 centimeters) — but the wait is always worth it. “It’s rare to be able to purchase something that is made just for you, and will always be one of a kind.” 🌍
Watch our Instagram story now to take a look inside the Bellerby & Co. studio.
A proud flamingo sits atop a vintage Fiat, parked in Paris. Sofiane Jabeur (@sofianeryanj) calls this photo “an ode to summer and new adventures.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @sofianeryanj