Boomerang by @tot.aw Greetings from Jakarta! Meet Edi, Erwin and William, the trio behind @tot.aw — short for TOTally AWesome. This Indonesian pop-up restaurant serves quick bites, but they’re famous for a cake constructed of instant noodles, sausage, chicken and even cheese. Watch our story right now to take a closer look at this savory work of art. 🍜
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- @instagramJakarta, Indonesia
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Photo by @its jjayjay Nico the golden retriever was in the right place at the right time with his human friend Julian Troi (@its jjayjay) to catch this stunning scene in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. “We were surrounded by wind and snow, but soon the fog disappeared and the sun shone through the clouds,” says Julian. “Even Nico seemed to be really impressed by the scenery.” 🐶 #theweekoninstagram
- @instagramMarimurtra Botanical Gardens
#Boomerang by @kosh dp Anastasia Kosh (@kosh dp) ... or a modern-day Alice in Wonderland? 🐰 Just in time to celebrate #boomerang’s second birthday this weekend, the 27-year-old photographer (and self-proclaimed fairy) from Moscow flew up a flight of stairs and into our #boomerangoftheweek.
Featured photo by @markabramsonphoto Weekend Hashtag Project: #whpperfectpair Some things are just better together. This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture duos that complement and enhance each other, as in this featured photo from Mark Abramson (@markabramsonphoto). Here are some tips to get you started: A hammock and a book, coffee and bagels, two best friends — some things just naturally go together. As you go about your weekend, take photos of some of your own perfect pairs. Not every match is so simple! Keep an eye out for more surprising duos — much like this pedestrian and matching billboard — that might be hidden in plain sight. Once you’ve found an interesting pairing, how can you use camera tools to further enhance the match? Try taking a #Boomerang of two running buddies or a video of a dog and cat strolling through your backyard. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #whpperfectpair 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.
Video by @angel dancer 1 “The more the better.” This is Angelnae Randalle’s (@angel dancer 1) stance when it comes to practice. On average, the 14-year-old, who currently lives in Michigan, rehearses 24 to 30 hours a week — and that number only goes up when a competition or convention is on the horizon. You might be surprised to learn that Angelnae started dancing just three years ago; her grandmother signed her up for her first class and passed away shortly thereafter. “She was my biggest supporter,” says Angelnae. “I think she is very proud of me.” See what a day in Angelnae’s life is like. It’s on our Instagram story right now.
Photo by @brittneybeadle Brittney Beadle (@brittneybeadle) does not put off anything for tomorrow. “Do it now,” she advises. “Live in the moment and enjoy your life.” In May 2015, Brittney was diagnosed with metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer, at the age of 18. “I felt I was alone,” Brittney says. “There are some young women in their 20s who I found, but still no one who was “my age” young, with breast cancer.” By sharing her journey, she hopes to help others in a similar position. “Whenever I have to go through a new treatment that’s really hard — like when I had radiation to my brain — I think, ‘OK. Yes, this sucks. I have to do this. But you know what? I get to live.’” #breastcancerawareness
Photo by @samlaks “I love connecting with people,” says documentary photographer Samyukta Lakshmi (@samlaks). “I think it’s a privilege when people open up their lives to you and let you tell their story through photos.” Samyukta is currently on the ground in her hometown of Bangalore, India, for the five-day #Diwali festival, a Hindu holiday celebrated throughout the world. “Diwali is the festival of lights,” she explains. “It is the celebration of good over evil, light over darkness.” Watch our Instagram story right now to take in the sights and sounds of Diwali celebrations from all over India.
- @instagramPolanco, Mexico City
Photo by @manumanuti For Manu Espinosa Nevraumont (@manumanuti), weekends are spent taking photos with friends — and colorful backdrops. “I wanted to express how important photography is to me, and how it’s a part of my everyday life,” says Manu. “This photo includes one of my favorite places in the city and one of my closest friends.” #whpmyeveryday
- @instagramFranklin, Tennessee
Photo by @shaina sullivan After becoming a stay-at-home mom, Shaina Sullivan (@shaina sullivan) focused more on capturing everyday moments with her camera, like this one between her son and his great-grandmother. “Never did I imagine life every day with a child, but now that it’s here, I can’t picture life any other way.” ❤️📷 #whpmyeveryday
- @instagramLos Angeles, California
Video by @domingoxlatarde The energy and movement of downtown Los Angeles made its way into designer Domingo’s (@domingoxlatarde) #whpmyeveryday submission. “My inspiration was the interaction between people and the city,” he says. “Every day on my way to work I see all different types of people. There’s always something happening in downtown LA.”
Photo by @artdr3am Comfortable, secure, confident in your own skin — this is what body positivity means to Leia Immanuel (@artdr3am). For the past three years, Leia has dealt with hormonal acne. “I used to try and cover it all up with makeup,” says the eighth-grade student from New York. “Slowly, I began to accept that my acne is natural. I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin and body, and it’s changed the way I’ve seen people and the world.” Her advice to others? “Self-confidence comes differently for everyone. Being confident in your skin takes time and learning. Stay true to yourself and most importantly, keep an open mind. People are different, and when you accept that, you can accept your differences.” #nationalbodyconfidenceday
- @instagramStockholm, Sweden
Photo by @kutovakika “Fragmented” was the word that came to mind for Veronika (@kutovakika) when describing her day-to-day life. “Thus, a picture of a puzzle,” she writes in her caption. “Every day might not be a dance on roses, but sometimes the puzzle comes together just right.” 🌹 #whpmyeveryday
- @instagramNew Delhi, India
Photo by @vineet vohra Every morning for the past five years, photographer Vineet Vohra (@vineet vohra) visits the bus terminal to observe “different people, buses, changes of weather and changes of mood.” 🚌 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpmyeveryday.
- @instagramDaylesford, Victoria
Photo by @milkwood permaculture From the golden pellets of sprouted grain they feed their chickens to the ingredients that make it to their kitchen table for supper, nearly every bite of food Kirsten Bradley and her family eats is grown on the sustainable farm where they live in Victoria, Australia. “Homegrown food tends to be very delicious,” she says. Kirsten is part of Milkwood (@milkwood permaculture), a school where people can learn how to build sustainable farm systems. Along with an extended community of educators, Milkwood offers courses on everything from natural beekeeping and mushroom cultivation to biointensive growing, an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximize harvest in small spaces. Soon it’ll be growing season in Australia, so Kirsten's family is busy planting tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings and making sure the bees pollinate their fruit trees in hopes of a big summer bounty. And then? They wait. “Growing of food is not an instant process, and it needs patience and perseverance,” she says. “But watching people bloom out of consumerism into makers and doers is really quite beautiful.” #worldfoodday Watch our Instagram story to see what life is like at Milkwood.
- @instagramMadrid, Spain
Photo by @cocodavez Artist Coco Dávez’s (@cocodavez) “faceless faces” give pop culture icons a new feel. “I started with a portrait of Patti Smith. I was going to throw it away, but before doing that, I had so much paint left over that I did a brushstroke on the face to fill in all of that,” says the artist from Madrid of discovering her signature style. “A lightbulb went off.” When she was 21, Coco went to live in London with the intention of studying photography, but painting still called to her. Her inspiration? “Artists from the 20th century like Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder and David Hockney.” Get to know Coco’s world and colorful style on today’s Instagram story. 🎨
Photo by @bakedbymelissa Melissa Ben-Ishay transformed her passion into her livelihood — but it only happened after she came up against some tough times. “In the summer of 2008, I was fired from my job in advertising,” says the 33-year-old from New York City. “Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I went home and I baked four batches of cupcakes (s’more, peanut butter cup, cookie dough and tie-dye).” The very next day, her best friend’s sister shared the treats at the public relations agency where she worked, and the right connections were made. “The rest is history!” says Melissa, who is the president and chief product officer of @bakedbymelissa. The company currently has 13 retail locations in the US plus a nationwide shipping operation. “There is no better way to learn than through experience and by surrounding yourself with people who have skills that you don’t,” says Melissa of her team. “The opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, passionate, like-minded people is the best part of my job.” We’re celebrating #nationaldessertday with the Baked by Melissa team! See more on our Instagram story now.