instagram This week we are looking back at some inspiring stories in 2014 from around the Instagram community. Today, it’s the work of photographer Landon Nordeman (@landonnordeman), whose work we featured here on May 3. “Almost every picture I take starts with one thing that catches my eye,” says Landon. “In this case it’s pretty obvious it was those hats. They called to me from across the infield. Although the Kentucky Derby is technically a horse race, it is also a gargantuan fashion show.” Photo by @landonnordeman 3h

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instagram This week we are looking back at some inspiring stories in 2014 from around the Instagram community. Today, it’s the work of Rio de Janeiro-based Instagrammer Arthur Maciel (@arthurmartins), whose work we featured here on June 16. “This photo was taken during the World Cup here in Brazil,” says Arthur. “As I’m from Rio I wanted to show something that simply illustrates all the sensations that football brings to the people here in Brazil, that live for it, playing it everywhere possible.” Photo by @arthurmartins 22h

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instagram Every Sunday, we look back on the week and select some of our favorite images from emerging voices across the globe. For these photos and more news from around the community, visit blog.instagram.com. Congratulations to those who are featured! @choejor @dischordrecords @damasoreyes1 @sacco_sorry @alexiawebster @phamhaduylinh @jesse_burke @alessandroserrano @aelkhalil

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instagram This week we are looking back at some inspiring stories in 2014 from around the Instagram community. Today, it’s the work of photojournalist Balazs Gardi (@balazsgardi), whose account we featured here on March 7. “In 2014, just as every year in this past decade, I set out photographing stories about how profoundly water influences our lives,” says Balazs. “I traveled to the ‘cradle of humankind’ in the arid northwestern tip of Kenya’s Lake Turkana to see how semi-nomadic pastoralist tribes cope with the harsh consequences of climate change.” Photo by @balazsgardi 2d

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instagram “Every person has his or her own story, which deserves to be told in one form or another,” says Instagrammer Maksim Zavialov (@mzavialov) of Khabarovsk, Russia. Maksim tells his story in the hashtag series he began, #timethroughphoto, in which he takes a photo of himself holding up a photo made with instant film in the same location. “I find the technique interesting because you really only have one chance to make the picture,” says Maksim, adding that it takes precision to get the details in both images to align the way he wants them to. He says his work offers insight into time and place. “Even in the same place, something new is always happening,” he says.

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instagram Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfeelslikehome

The goal this weekend is to take creative photos and videos that capture the feeling of being at home. Some tips to get you started:
If you've traveled home for the holidays, look for the objects and places that remind you of your childhood. Be sure to tell their stories in your captions. For some, family traditions involve home-cooked meals. Share photos of the recipes that you've kept close to heart. Finally, remember that “home” is as much as about people as it is place. Get your friends and family together and share portraits from your community.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfeelslikehome hashtag only to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. 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 This week we are looking back at some inspiring stories in 2014 from around the Instagram community. Today, it’s the images from Texas-based photographer Lauren Marek (@laurenmarek), whose account was featured here on July 21. “I've always been fascinated with astronauts, space travel, and science fiction,” says Lauren, who made this image for the Weekend Hashtag Project #whpspacedreams. “We covered an old football helmet in tinfoil, made a hot light into a planet, and shined a light behind a curtain to look like space. I really love this photo because it reminds me of being a kid and dreaming big. It's a reminder to keep dreaming.” Photo by @laurenmarek 3d

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instagram This week we are looking back at some of the inspiring stories in 2014 from around the Instagram community. Today, it’s the work of wildlife photographer Joe Riis (@joeriis), whose account was featured here on July 6. “I was in the field almost the entire year for National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo) and a personal project I’m doing on Greater Yellowstone elk migrations,” says Joe. “This camp life with horses and mules and cameras and fires to cook over became my daily rhythm. That tent was my scene. I photographed it all summer long. Never again did I see those embers fly like this.” Photo by @joeriis 4d

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instagram Taking a creative twist on the classic Christmas carol, UK Instagrammer Julia Smith (@juliabesidethesea) started the #12daysoffaffing hashtag series last year to share the festive preparations that were underway in her home in Eastbourne. From baking the Christmas cake, to decorating the house and wrapping gifts, “Faffing is a bit like procrastinating—in this case in the most pleasurable way,” says Julia. “It’s taking time to enjoy the task in hand rather than going through the motions to get it done.” This year, Julia encouraged others to join in and share their holiday preparations and inspirations. “I hope that people are inspired to create a more handmade and personal Christmas,” she says. “I think if the idea is out there and you are inspired, then have a go!” For more photos of Christmas preparations from the Instagram community, browse the #12daysoffaffing hashtag and follow @juliabesidethesea.
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instagram Each December, throngs of people from across the New York City area descend upon the quiet Brooklyn neighborhood of Dyker Heights for one of the nation’s most extravagant displays of holiday spirit. “I’ve never seen anything like it in all of my life,” says Alicia Hosking (@its_alicia), a Melbourne, Australia native who recently arrived in New York. Alicia’s friend organized a trip to the neighborhood, but kept their destination secret. “It was a cold night, and we had to walk far from the subway station to get there. But once we turned the corner and saw the street full of lights, it was so worth it.” Accustomed to Australia’s mid-Summer Christmas, Alicia found the experience particularly special. “It’s as if some residents are trying to outdo each other,” she says. Competitiveness of the displays aside, Alicia notes, “there was a genuine sense of Christmas spirit.” To see more festive photos and videos from Dyker Heights, explore the #DykerHeights hashtag and tap the blue location text above.

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instagram With all those letters to read, it makes sense that Santa Claus would need an office. And you can go visit it in Rovaniemi, Finland. The office is run by a privately owned company, which welcomes visitors to meet Santa every day of the year. “Santa Claus lives at a place in Finland called Korvatunturi, which translates as Ear Mountain,” says Minttu, the head elf at Santa Claus Office (@santaclausoffice). “That’s where all the Christmas present-making happens. It is so secret that only Santa Claus, elves and reindeer can enter— which is why Santa decided to have a public office by the Arctic Circle in Finland.” If you can’t make it to Finland before Christmas, tap the blue location text above and follow @santaclausoffice, where the elves share their daily lives and glimpses of the big man himself.

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instagram Extending across the northern edge of Scandinavia, the arctic Sápmi region is home to the indigenous people called the Sami. “We Sami calls ourselves the ‘people with eight seasons,’ and each season means different types of work with the reindeer,” explains Anna-Maria Fjellström (@annamariafjellstrom), who returned north after college for the nomadic life of a reindeer herder. “In spring, summer and autumn, reindeer graze in the mountains close to the Norwegian border,” Anna-Maria explains. As colder weather approaches, Anna-Maria and her fellow Sami guide their herds eastward towards the more temperate pine forests of the Baltic coast. With snowmobiles and skis, Anna-Maria protects her flock from predators. “We guard them in the winter area until the spring, when we return to the mountains before their new calves are born.” Photo by @annamariafjellstrom 6d

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instagram Access is everything. St. Petersburg, Russia Instagrammer Nikolai Krusser (@nikolaikrusser) works as a lighting technician at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, but his behind-the-scenes photography of the performers has become his passion. His access allows him to create photos that he calls “charming documentaries” — images that capture secret and mysterious angles. Nikolai believes his best photos are the ones that didn’t go as expected. “Either my hand trembled, the space around me didn’t want to follow my idea for the shot, or everything in the composition was the opposite of what I planned,” he says. Instead of seeing imperfections, he saw the images in a new light. “Everyone can make a good photo by accident,” says Nikolai. “What's important is to recognize when an accidental shot is great.” Photo by @nikolaikrusser 6d

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instagram Hello, Instagram! This week we take a break from our regular programming for an unconventional #WeeklyFluff! Say hello to Jax, Opie, Otto, Tig and Nero (@goatsofanarchy), a gang of teensy little goats whose antics are filled to the brim with playfulness and mischief. To add a little farm fluff to your Instagram feed, follow @goatsofanarchy. 7d

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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 @liefstoerstout, @finn, @joshuacogan, @ibenster, @bybrittm, @huseyintaskin, @nasyakopteva, @lavicvic and @alexandrabronson who all had featured submissions for #WHPfairytale! 7d

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instagram This week we are looking back at some of the inspiring stories in 2014 from around the Instagram community. Today, it’s the work of photographer Sam Harris (@samharrisphoto), whose account was featured here on June 11. “This image is part of a body of work titled 'The Middle of Somewhere' about my daughters growing up in rural Australia,” says Sam. “I particularly like the way Uma's hair dances and licks across the frame, reaching out towards the trees like tendrils. There's a palpable energy between Uma and the forest.” Photo by @samharrisphoto 1w

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instagram This week we are looking back at some of the inspiring stories from around the Instagram community in 2014. Today, it’s the work of photographer Ivan Kashinsky (@ivankphoto), whose account was featured here on July 27. “I shot this photo in Ecuador while working on Project Mi Barrio, a story about my rapidly changing neighborhood,” says Ivan. “It tells a story of friendship between a man and his dog as they are cradled in layers of the Andes, giving us a sense of the land that they are tied to.”
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instagram Every Sunday, we look back on the week and select some of our favorite images from emerging voices across the globe. For these photos and more news from around the community, visit blog.instagram.com. Congratulations to those who are featured! @pgannawayphoto @chetankumarstudio @cutraro @danielemattioli @katiemeyler @rogerhenrique @shelserkin @leyuwera1 @joachimladefoged

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instagram “Clown witch nymph” may seem like an unusual way to describe oneself, but for Indiana-based artist Sophia Rapata (@sophiarapata), these associations perfectly match the dark, fantastical artwork she creates. “I know how to juggle, make people laugh, face paint and do magic,” she says. “I'm not really a nymph, but I love nature.” Sophia is also a musician, and often matches her original, off-kilter music with visual pieces using time-lapse videos. “I'm obsessed with creating,” she says. “If I don't paint for at least an hour a day, my heart will stop beating.” Video by @sophiarapata 1w

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