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#WWIM16💌 is the weekend of September 8-10. Find an InstaMeet near you:

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Photo by @wanderinglaur Adventure can be found even on a train ride home, like in this photo by Lauren (@wanderinglaur). “These sweet little girls sitting across from me are reminding me that even things I take for granted, and complain about often, can be a great adventure when viewed from a different perspective,” writes Lauren in her caption. “There’s a lot to see outside the window!” #whpadventure
Photo by @dave.krugman Today’s #solareclipse traced its path of totality — the geographic line along which the sun is entirely blocked from view by the moon — across the United States, from the woods of Oregon to the fields of South Carolina. Its rarity inspired millions to turn their eyes and lenses skyward, including New York-based photographer Dave Krugman (@dave.krugman), who made a trek to Nashville, Tennessee, to see this first total solar eclipse in the US in 38 years. “This was a flashpoint moment I didn’t want to miss,” says Dave. “Seeing the sky go dark and a ring of fire suddenly appear was an extraordinary experience. The light was eerie, otherworldly. It’s surely a moment I’ll never forget.” 🌞🌝 Watch our Instagram story featuring @billnye to see scenes and views of the solar eclipse across the US. 😎
Photo by @wallopart Dog mom Katie Wall (@wallopart) set out on a local beach sojourn at home in England. “Zero to not-quite-seagull-speed in 60 seconds,” she writes of her playful whippet. 🐶 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpadventure.
Photo by @peachystudy As a student, Emma (@peachystudy) wasn’t satisfied with her school-issued planner, so she turned to patterned tape, brush lettering and collage materials to up her homework game. “I really got inspired by the study community itself before I was a part of it. I would think, ‘This is so cool, maybe this is a niche I can fit into.’” Emma, who’s 17 years old and studying French, English and classical civilization at A Level in the UK, says that her journals, like her homework, are a constant work in progress. “Often when I do my pages, I’ll just start drawing things and counting all the squares to make sure it lines up. I don’t feel the need to rip out pages if there’s a tiny mistake — they all add to the overall spirit of the journal.” 📓 Watch our Instagram story now to take a peek inside Emma’s notebooks.
Photo by @yamacame In Japan, summer is a time for suikawari. “It’s a traditional game that involves splitting a watermelon with a stick while blindfolded,” says Yousuke Yamamoto (@yamacame), who took this photo of his daughter with a film camera and developed the negative himself. 🍉 #theweekoninstagram
Photo by @mximlr A 4 a.m. wake-up call sent Max Müller and a friend on a three-hour road trip to western Germany. “It was raining that day, which I quite like. It brings a special mood to the photos,” says Max. “This scene looks very unreal, and that’s what I like about it.” 🌬 #theweekoninstagram
Photo by @galvartt Felipe Galvão and his cousin headed into the Brazilian countryside to capture this moment of stillness. “I like the relationship between the rigid and the sensitive,” he says of the softness of the flowers and the toughness of the metal. 🌼 #theweekoninstagram
Photo by @nekojimakeibu A majestic feline takes a leap of faith in Japan. 😸 #theweekoninstagram
#boomerang by @lavraieviedesdanseurs We’re diving into the weekend with this #boomerangoftheweek from Parisians Claire and Florent (@lavraieviedesdanseurs), taken on their sunny Spanish getaway. “Dancing and laughing is our motto!” says the graceful duo, who have been best friends since they were in ballet school together. “It didn’t take long for us to start trying fun ways to dip into the pool.” 💦  Add #boomerangoftheweek to your next #boomerang — yours might show up here on @instagram.
Featured photo by @luisadorr Weekend Hashtag Project: #whpadventure A sense of adventure manifests itself in many different forms. This weekend, the goal is to capture that feeling of newness, possibility and striking out on your own, like in this featured photo by Luisa Dörr (@luisadorr). Here are a few tips to get your started: Whether you’re heading back to school or starting a job, a new life phase requires bravery — show us that spirit of new things on the horizon. Adventure can be found in far-flung places, or close to home. Take a video of your journeys this weekend, be it a long road trip to unexplored places or an excursion to where local adventurers meet up — for parkour, bouldering or an open-water swim. Your imagination can take you on an adventure. Show us what that ride looks like by revealing some tricks or ways you motivate yourself to dive headfirst into a new project. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #whpadventure 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 @felipedana Brazilian photojournalist Felipe Dana’s (@felipedana) mission is to use photography to inform. “In addition to covering major news, we can’t stop looking for stories that aren’t always in the media but that need to be shared,” he says. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Felipe’s photos often capture the harsh realities of urban violence and drug abuse, and his recent work has focused on the lives of refugees and the battle of Mosul in Iraq. “I often cover urban conflict in Rio de Janeiro, but the reality of Iraq is even more difficult,” says Felipe. “The greatest victims are the families who try to survive surrounded by war. It’s impossible not to get emotional every day working in those places. What makes me reflect the most is the ability to overcome. A lot of people have lost their homes, their families, their mothers, their children. Many are fighting for their lives in hospitals or surviving difficult conditions in refugee camps. But they continue to hope for a stop to the endless war, wishing to be able to safely return to their homes one day.” August 19 marks #worldhumanitarianday, which pays tribute to humanitarian aid workers and supports civilians affected by crises. Watch our Instagram story to see Mosul through Felipe’s lens.
Photo by @emiibook “A day without seeing any books is a sad day for me,” says Emilie (@emiibook), a 21-year-old French student and bibliophile. After discovering her passion for reading just a few years ago in — where else? — a bookstore, Emilie was hooked. “What I love about books is that they transport you to another world,” says Emilie. “You can live an extraordinary experience all while laying on your couch. I am never the same after reading a book.” Whenever she finishes a new tome, Emilie creates a photo inspired by the story, highlighting her favorite parts and using props like stamps, postcards, paint, plants and dolls. “I have a whole world in my head and I try to express it through my photos.” 📚
Video by @ziggythebird Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #weeklyfluff: Ziggy (@ziggythebird). Described by her human as “trouble making, curious and cuddly,” green-cheeked Ziggy is a conure, a type of parakeet named for its beautifully hued plumes. A very social bird, Ziggy is always on the lookout for the next head scratch — when she’s not bathing or preening, that is. Follow @ziggythebird to keep up with her every move. 💚
Boomerang by @toshadaa Whatever mood she’s in, model and entrepreneur Toshada Uma (@toshadaa) can find a way to express it. “I try to look at my identity as a piece of art I’m creating — and hair, makeup and styling are my tools,” says the 18-year-old, who lives in her hometown of Mumbai, India. At 4’9” (1.4 meters) tall, Toshada is also focused on defying expectations in the fashion world. “I really hope I can create more acceptance for the body type in the industry,” she says, adding, “I have always been a confident person, but on the days I don’t feel so good, I always know that playing around with some outfits is definitely going to make me happy.” Watch our Instagram story to see some of Toshada’s favorite looks.
Photo by @amybethellice_ When Amy-Beth Ellice (@amybethellice_) needs a bunch of lavender wisteria draped across a table or a handful of raspberries to decorate a freshly baked cake, she doesn’t have to go far. “Growing up in the countryside, I’ve always been inspired by our garden and flowers at home,” says the 19-year-old baker and party designer from Essex, England. Just a toddler when her mother introduced her to the kitchen, Amy-Beth was soon taste-testing her own recipes; from there, she published her first cookbook at just 16 years old. Often planning and throwing dinner parties for friends and family, Amy-Beth’s tips for romantic English place settings, pretty flower arrangements and rustic desserts all boil down to one thing: “Use fresh ingredients,” she says. “I just love using things from the garden. As long as I think everything looks beautiful and tastes great, that’s what I really enjoy for the table.” 🍰
Photo by @alittlescotch Small but mighty Scottish terrier Winston Aloysius (@alittlescotch) prepares for bath time with two even smaller rubber duckies. 🐥 #whpmini
#boomerang by @christyyeee Architect Christie Tan (@christyyeee) was motivated by #whpmini to finish this tiny model of an old, local coffee shop — pictured just behind it — over the weekend. “Heritage buildings tug at my heart,” she says. “I like that this model is recognizable as the old shop, yet not exactly the same. I’ve reinterpreted the build.” ☕️
Photo by @alef79 Drones have a knack for making everything appear small. Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpmini.
Video by @theharperwatters Harper Watters (@theharperwatters) says he’s been “a constant mover” ever since he was a child, dancing in styles from modern to hip-hop, jazz to African dance while he was growing up in New Hampshire. After moving to Texas to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer, Harper, now 25 years old, has since realized that dream as a demi-soloist with the Houston Ballet. “It’s my goal to highlight the ballet world and bring it to different audiences,” says Harper, an extremely active voice in the social media dance world. “I want to show that we have our own interests and likes.” To accomplish this, Harper frequently films photos and videos he calls “The Pre Show,” showing himself and his fellow dancers preparing for performances, and creates viral videos of himself in bubblegum-pink heels — dancing, vogueing and walking on the treadmill. “These are expressions of my personality and extensions of what I love to do,” says Harper. “I want to create a space for people to be comfortable in who they are, where it’s possible to love Beyonce and RuPaul, and you can wear a pair of pink heels and still call yourself a classical ballet dancer.” 👠 Watch our Instagram story now to take a look into Harper’s ballet world.
Photo by @pattischmidt For Patti (@pattischmidt), mini is “when you’re a whole lot smaller than your 6’4” brother.” #whpmini 👶
Photo by @rosaiyoo “Yellow rain boots for a rainy weekend,” writes South Korean paper artist Rosa Yoo (@rosaiyoo). ☔️ #whpmini