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instagram “Horses are very honest and pure. They have a calming effect on me. They respond to feelings,” says Instagrammer Linda Heidema (@lindalaughs), who aims to convey human emotions and expressions through her photos of horses. Once a week, Linda gets four hours away from her hectic life as a mother and youth justice officer in Groningen, Holland, and drives out to the countryside to photograph animals in the meadow. “I sit down on the ground and let their curiosity take over. Horses are very sensitive and curious animals, sometimes they ignore me totally. I want people to feel something and I try to make the picture calming because it’s also calming for me.” For more of Linda's tips on how to photograph horses, visit blog.instagram.com and follow @lindalaughs.

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instagram KAWS's (@kaws) latest show “Man’s Best Friend” at Honor Fraser Gallery (@honorfrasergallery) in Los Angeles includes new sculpture, drawings and eye-popping, precise paintings on shaped canvases—all boldly yet cryptically referencing and reimagining popular culture. “I try to understand why certain experiences stick with me and repeat over and over in my head while I go about my day,” the artist says. “I try to create work that will have this same effect.” For more photos and videos from the show, which closes October 31, tap the blue location text above.
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instagram New York photographer Sophie Gamand (@sophiegamand) first started the Pit Bull Flower Power series to show the breed in a new, softer light. She teamed up with several rescue groups to photograph pit bulls that were up for adoption with a new perspective to open hearts. Sophie creates headpieces for every photo shoot, patiently gluing fake flowers together in different shapes and sizes then matching the color and styles to the dog. “People are afraid of them, but the fact I was able to put flower crowns on their heads and photograph them like this says a lot about their temperament! They were all sweet and loving.” To see more flower-power pups, follow @sophiegamand.

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instagram “With a new instrument, the musician can actually shape the sound in the first years, making it an integral part in their way of communicating music,” explains Norwegian violin and cello maker Jacob von der Lippe (@jacobvdlippe). “Instead of doing repairs, I focused on making new right from the start.” For Jacob, who took up cello at age eight, music has been a lifelong pursuit. It was a cello he built when he was 17, however, that ignited his passion. “From then on, I was hooked.” Jacob dedicated five years to studying the craft in Cremona, Italy—the violin’s birthplace—before returning to Oslo to open his shop. Fourteen years and nearly sixty instruments later, Jacob’s creations have found their way into the hands of musicians around the globe.

For more moments from Jacob’s workshop, follow @jacobvdlippe.

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instagram Despite featuring photo after photo of stylish people dashing between fashion shows, Adam Katz Sinding's (@le21eme) Instagram bio reads, “This is NOT a street style blog.” He's not joking. “I like to think I'm documenting a zeitgeist,” he says. “Something we can look back on and remember beyond the clothing and fashion. Maybe feel something.” For more behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the London collections, browse the #lfw hashtag. Photo by @le21eme 2d

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instagram Even though his photography has taken him around the world, Michael Matti (@michaelmatti)'s heart—and Instagram feed—belong to beautiful landscapes near his home in Seattle. “The amazing outdoors scene
in the Pacific Northwest inspired me after college,” he says. “There is so much to see with its sea-stack-filled beaches, rugged mountains and cascading waterfalls.” Michael frequently frames nature shots through tents, a technique he says is common among his peers. He also includes a human or animal figure against every backdrop—no matter how small they appear in the image. “People give scale to nature,” he says. “A waterfall shot with a tiny person in the frame helps to really add a sense of wonder to the falls.” For more from Michael's adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, follow @michaelmatti.
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instagram The Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan resembles a cresting wave—there are no straight lines on the structure's curved, white surface. Constructed by British architect Zaha Hadid in 2012, the center's unique shape is a symbol of modernity in the city of Baku, reflecting the present and the future in progress. Heydar Aliyev stands primarily as a venue for art exhibitions, and its stunning landscape is also popular backdrop for visiting and local Instagrammers alike.
For more photos and videos from The Heydar Aliyev Center, tap the blue location text above.
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instagram Hello, Instagram! It’s time for the #WeeklyFluff! Today’s fluff is of the miniature porcine variety. Meet Priscilla (@prissy_pig) and her brother Poppleton, two adorable piglets that spend their days playing dress-up and rooting around on the beach in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. To add a dose of playful piggy to your Instagram feed, follow @prissy_pig. 4d

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instagram Every Monday we share some of our favorite Weekend Hashtag Project submissions on our blog at blog.instagram.com. Congratulations to @estherleclerc, @beavisiones, @rob_schwartz, @yalinbuyukdora, @justingould, @jshmln, @paulineetbounty, @jesperbulow and @emirose820 who all had featured submissions for #WHPbwlandscapes! 4d

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instagram It all started with an old typewriter and some tired expressions. “I began playing with the clichés we hear all the time,” São Paulo visual artist Verena Smit (@verenasmit) says. "I'll cross out a letter or a word, but make it so it can still be read. While there’s a part that rejects the cliché, there’s also a part that would like to somehow embrace it." To see more photos of Verena's word play follow @verenasmit on Instagram.

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instagram “When I cut paper there is a release of tension, like the object I'm cutting out is confined in the paper and I am releasing it,” explains New York-based paper collage artist Travis Baker (@bedelgeuse). Travis never planned to become an artist but when he came across anatomical and botanical illustrations in 2009, he naturally started cutting and pasting. “Since these illustrations were done around the same time period, they had a similar aesthetic. My mind instantly came to the idea to create collages from it.” Over the years Travis has built up a large image library which he adds to over time, sourcing illustrations in old science and medical books. “My inspiration is the energy that exists between human and nature,” he says. “So much emotion is expressed by using anatomical imagery.” For more collages from Travis, follow @bedelgeuse.
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instagram Every Sunday we post a weekly roundup on our blog (blog.instagram.com) featuring some of our favorite photos and videos from the week. Congrats to those whose photos and videos are featured this week! @blackbiirdfly @charlesdharapak @jonathanmariande @johnny777 @liefstoerstout @mmordasov @mserradesanferm @olivialocher @victorblue
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instagram Brave men of central Japan ignite handheld fireworks, bringing exciting showers of flames to local summer fire festivals. These cylindrical, handheld pyrotechnics called “tezutsu-hanabi” (手筒花火) originated in Toyohashi during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and continues in modern-day Japan with events such as the 19th annual Fire Festival (炎の祭典) this Saturday. To make these fireworks, craftsmen stuff black powder into bamboo trunks casted with thick ropes. Once lit, the cylinders spray sparks of fire until the explosives finish with a loud blast. Today the thrilling displays of men inside the downpours of sparks offer local and visiting Instagrammers a chance to capture some of the most spectacular moments of the summer.

For more photos and videos of handheld fireworks, browse the #手筒花火 hashtag.

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instagram Sam Stern (@sam_stern) published his first cookbook when he was 14 years old, but the young British author has been cooking since before he can remember. “I come from a large family with lots of taste preferences, so I was always in the kitchen helping out my mum,” he says. “I gradually moved from the little jobs to eventually taking over the kitchen.” Now 24, Sam is practically a veteran chef, with six books under his belt and another one on the way next year. But he uses Instagram to share a different, more personal display of recipes: the meals he makes at home for his family and friends. “I like to imagine the possibilities of various taste combinations, trying out new ingredients and timings,” he says. “If it starts in my imagination then triumphs on the plate—that is the ultimate rush for me.” For more photos and videos of Sam’s favorite dishes, follow @sam_stern. Photo by @sam_stern 6d

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instagram Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbwlandscapes

The goal this weekend is to capture beautiful black and white landscapes. Some tips to get you started:
When shooting landscapes, aim to include visual elements that will make your composition dynamic. In addition to a beautiful backdrop, look for interesting foreground objects and leading lines that draw your eye deeper into the photo. Next, try to visualize your photograph in black and white before you take it. Scope out scenes that have both bright and dark areas, as this will create a strong contrast in your final result. Finally, to make your photo black and white, try the Willow and Inkwell filters. For a different effect, try applying any of your favorite filters then taking the saturation all the way to zero.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPbwlandscapes hashtag to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any tagged image taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.

For more examples and inspiration, check out blog.instagram.com.
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instagram Rio de Janeiro illustrator Luiza Bione's (@iamlubi) portraits of herself as a colorful character named Lubi blur the line between daydreams and reality. “Drawing makes virtually any scenario possible,” she says. “If Lubi wants to visit the moon, she can.” Last year, on Valentine's Day, her boyfriend Paulo Delvalle (@paulodelvalle) asked her to be his girlfriend with a hand-drawn card. “He created an illustrated version of himself named Fubi,” she says. “Since then, I've been drawing Lubi and Fubi based on our lives as well as all of the things we dream of doing.” To see more photos and videos from Lubi and Fubi’s colorful carioca life, follow @iamlubi and @iamfubi on Instagram.

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instagram “I have been collecting skeletonized leaves for as long as I can remember,” explains Australian artist Meredith Woolnough (@meredithwoolnough), whose elaborate embroideries mimic coral, leaves and other forms from nature. “I have always found inspiration in the natural world.” A near perfect Scribbly gum leaf Meredith found inspired her largest work to date. “I mapped out the internal structure of the leaf and translated the design into a dense network of stitches,” she says. “It took me months to complete and it almost sent me mad but I am so happy with how it turned out.” To see more of Meredith’s nature-inspired creations, follow @meredithwoolnough.

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instagram At New York Fashion Week (#nyfw), photo editors turned to Instagrammers to interpret the collections in unexpected ways. New York Magazine's The Cut (@thecut), for example, sent Landon Nordeman (@landonnordeman) backstage at shows to shoot bold photos reminiscent of Martin Parr or Guy Bourdin. "I'm motivated by the non-moments, colors, gestures and juxtapositions that pulse inside the high-paced chaos of the catwalks and all that surrounds them," Landon says. "The only hard part, really, is keeping up." Photo by @landonnordeman of @ThomBrowneNY 1w

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instagram “Farming is the dedication of your life to the stewardship of plants from seed to harvest, for better or for worse, in good weather or bad, through pest and disease, at all hours,” says Nikki Seibert (@wings_of_tin). Nikki spends almost every day working with local farms in Charleston, South Carolina, where she runs a sustainable agriculture program for organic farmers. She uses Instagram to showcase her favorite colorful crops and the green, flourishing landscapes of the farmlands she visits. “I hope my pictures show how important it is to support the people and places that make your community unique,” she says. “Also, how much I love playing in the dirt.” For more lush portraits of life on small local farms, follow @wings_of_tin.
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