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Photo by @pugventurephoto
if you think pugs don’t have a sense of adventure, today’s #weeklyfluff mack (@pugventurephoto ) will prove you wrong. 🐾 🏔
“i’d heard pugs weren’t great with athletic endeavors, but mack has such boundless energy,” says nate rogers, mack’s go-to travel companion. the call of the wild has taken mack from the sawtooth mountains in idaho down to the mojave desert in california — and to plenty of mud caves, slot canyons and national forests in between.
follow mack into more epic territories, today on our igtv channel.
Photo by @yannisdavy
for 23-year-old photographer yannis davy guibinga (@yannisdavy ), the colors green, yellow and blue take him back to where he grew up: libreville, gabon. through his lens, the colors of africa and its diaspora shine.
“the affinity for strong colors is tied to my desire to re-create the colors i remember seeing growing up in gabon,” says yannis, who was born in france, then grew up in gabon before moving to montréal, canada, where he resides now. “i am greatly inspired by the diversity of african cultures and identities, both on the continent and its diaspora.”
see more of his vibrant portraits, today on our story.
Photo illustration by @pattymaher
graphic designer patty maher (@pattymaher ) created a photo collage where a self-portrait taken in her front yard in caledon, ontario, was transported to another time – more specifically, summer in the 1960s. “this photo was definitely inspired by summer, which i am missing in the middle of winter,” patty says. “plus, polka dots.” #whpinspiredby
Photo by @kimothyolsen
when the weather is gloomy, go indoors to find some color. that’s what living in oslo, norway, has taught writer kim andré olsen (@kimothyolsen ). “these dark january days in norway make me yearn for more colors and for springtime,” kim says. to combat the winter blues, he drew inspiration from carmen miranda, a star known for wearing fruit on her head, and william tell, who, according to folklore, shot an arrow through an apple on his son’s head. 😬 #whpinspiredby
Photo by @ruthiebarone
dreamy cloudscape one day. ☁️
dramatic glitter bursts the next. ✨
if you want to know how ruthie barone (@ruthiebarone ) is feeling on any given day, take a look at her eyes. since 2015, the brooklyn-based makeup artist has been using her eyelids as her canvas, allowing her emotions to guide the paintbrush. “creating art on my eyes allows me to express myself and work through my emotions. i just go by my gut and whatever i feel,” ruthie says.
like emotions, makeup is temporary and can change in the blink of an eye. ruthie finds freedom in that. “i can wipe off a whole look in an instant or destroy it with a few drops of foundation,” she says. “it feels free and fluid.”
see more of ruthie’s ever-changing l👀ks, today on our story.
Photo by @aleah_michele
photographer aleah michele ford (@aleah_michele ) combines repurposed objects, vintage costumes and stage props to create fascinating original images. “my mind is like a little inspiration library, i’m constantly pulling tidbits from here or there,” aleah says. for this photo, aleah had two reference points: michelangelo’s stoic statues and the italian circus costumes of the 17th century. “they’re two very dissimilar things, but somehow work together visually,” says aleah. #whpinspiredby
Video by @helenbreznik
“it’s just me with some flowers in my hair and a red and white shirt. a few simple props and careful posing. that’s it,” says photographer helen breznik (@helenbreznik ). the photographer from toronto translated frida kahlo’s vibe to the digital age with a moving image. “the motion of her applying brushstrokes to this invisible canvas actually sets her own image into motion,” says helen. “she is painting but also being painted. she is wiped away but then flows back.” #whpinspiredby
Photo by @anniset and @drcuerda
creative duo from valencia, spain, anna devís benet (@anniset ) and daniel rueda cuerda (@drcuerda ) set out to create a photo that could be mistaken for a surreal painting by rené magritte. 🍏☂️ “magritte’s universe is such a fun place to visit. he could take something ordinary and turn it into something completely different with his paintings,” anna says.
follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpinspiredby.
Video by @lucasadverse
lucas adverse (@lucasadverse ) has been juggling for six years, and playing the japanese game kendama — in which players perform tricks using cups, a spike, a ball and string — for just two. “juggling and kendama are great for the body and mind,” says 24-year-old lucas. “they train muscles and improve reflexes, coordination, balance, concentration, everything.”
growing up in brazil (he now lives in vancouver, b.c.), lucas was not great at “futebol” — the only sport anyone wanted to play. but juggling and kendama have made him better “at all sports, including soccer.”
ultimately, lucas aims to bridge what he calls the “two distinct cultures” of juggling and kendama. few jugglers play kendama, he says, and kendama players would never call themselves jugglers. “but both of these arts are about creatively manipulating objects in the air, they bring people together, anyone can learn — and they’re just really fun.”
check out today’s story and our igtv channel to see lucas in action.
Photo by @lylexox
for lyle reimer (@lylexox ), the line between trash and treasure is blurry at best. the vancouver, british columbia-based artist creates self-portraits that feel otherworldly, but his technique is very down-to-earth: reuse, reduce, rethink and upcycle. “it’s 100 percent found objects and recycled pieces,” says lyle. “even if you see sequins or beads, those are actually pieces that have been taken off of old garments.” lyle began turning found objects into facial sculptures five years ago. “i love the pairing of literal garbage and junk with luxury together and creating a new language,” he says.
his appreciation for shape-shifting can be traced back to childhood craft time. “one day my mom made this peacock out of egg cartons,” he says. “and i remember thinking to myself, ‘oh my gosh. my mom is like a magician.’ i saw the importance of taking something that had no value to it, or no perceived value, and giving it a new life.”
today on our story, we meet some of lyle’s creations. tune in now to see more upcycled self-portraits.
Photo by @closedeyegiraffe
for the past six years, marie mcgrory has asked people around the world from all different walks of life to draw their own @closedeyegiraffe .🦒”there are only two rules: you have to draw a giraffe, and you have to keep your eyes closed,” says marie, who lives in nyc. this giraffe was drawn by jeff heimsath (@jeffheimsath ). “it’s just always a fun experience. it’s fun to watch people draw it. it’s fun to watch them react to it. i’m no art therapist, so i can’t tell you what your giraffe ‘means,’ but i can tell you that each one is so unique and so special.”
check out our igtv channel to learn more about marie’s #closedeyegiraffe project.
Featured photo by @goldfinchelson
weekend hashtag project: #whpinspiredby this weekend the challenge is to put your own spin on things that inspire you. for example, make an old master painting really pop, like tracy goldfinch elson (@goldfinchelson ) did in the featured image. here are more tips:
modernize a classic. take your source of inspiration – whether it’s a renaissance painting or a dress from the 1960s — and make it modern with touches straight out of present day.
add a fresh perspective. don’t copy and paste. here’s your chance to remix and reimagine. introduce selfies to the wild west. paint the pyramids with emoji. defy outdated stereotypes from eras gone by.
pay tribute. think of the historical figures you most admire. then use images and words to show your appreciation and showcase their influence today.
project rules: please add the #whpinspiredby hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. by adding the #whpinspiredby hashtag, you consent to and grant instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. if you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #whpinspiredby hashtag is eligible for the project and, if selected, to be featured next week.