Art of @quillemons by @hildeatalanta
“I don’t know who I would be or what I would be doing if I wasn’t making art,” says Quil Lemons (@quillemons). The 20-year-old student and artist based in New York City creates work that sheds light on his community. “As a black creator, it’s vital that my work explores the many facets of the African-American diaspora,” says Quil. “I think my work allows black men to feel pretty — to be themselves.” On Instagram, he’s found community. “I don’t think I could exist without the support that Instagram provides,” he says. “In urban communities, access to resources for sharing and creating art doesn’t exist. Instagram allows the artists who occupy these communities to flourish and receive rightful recognition for their creations.” In turn, Quil hopes his work will propel other people’s dreams. “I hope young black kids that admire my work will believe it’s possible to become a successful artist.” Watch our story to hear more from Quil and others about building community, and follow along on #IGYearInReview as we reflect on the most memorable Instagram trends of 2017.
Photo by @chefeitanbernath
“Your age doesn’t define what you can accomplish, only how long you have had to accomplish it!” These are defining words for 15-year-old chef and food blogger Eitan Bernath (@chefeitanbernath). “Rumor has it that I was always in the kitchen,” says Eitan, who lives in New Jersey and has already appeared twice on the Food Network. A very picky eater when he was younger, Eitan says he’s making up for lost time. “I like trying everything and I eat all day long.” #Hanukkah celebrations are already underway for Chef Eitan— there’s lots of time to be spent with family... and tasty fried foods.
Watch our story to see Eitan at work in his favorite place: the kitchen.
Photo by @carloslazarini
Cold temperatures couldn’t stop Carlos Lazarini’s (@carloslazarini) friend from flipping into this glacial lake. “Hundreds of tourists behind me were cheering and congratulating us for having the courage to jump in,” he says. “For a moment, I felt like I had scored the winning run for the home team.” #TheWeekOnInstagram
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Featured photo by @4theloveoftoys
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstripes
This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture stripes created by colors, textures and surfaces, as in this featured photo by Sara Harvey (@4theloveoftoys). Here are some tips to get you started:
Head outside to see what stripes nature has to offer, like the natural lines of your local flora or the way streams create bands through a landscape.
From repeating red lockers in the hallway to the way office buildings cast shadows at high noon, there are plenty of stripes in your daily life. Try to notice them — along with the lines created by highways and streets on your commute to and from.
Wide or narrow, straight or curving, stripes are a classic element in art — from fashion to painting to DIY crafts. Take photos of work that explores the many forms that stripes can take.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPstripes 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 @fuzzyfawn
There’s one woman behind Fuzzy Fawn Wildlife (@fuzzyfawn). “My dad nicknamed me Fuzzy the day I was born because of my white hair that stood up in every direction. I’ve been Fuzzy to everyone I know since,” says the volunteer who is licensed by New York State to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. “A fawn that is sickly has a fuzzy coat, so after all of these years being called Fuzzy, my name finally fit!” Six years ago, a deer who had been struck by a car entered Fuzzy’s yard. “Long story short, it took me four hours to find help for this deer that was suffering. I wasn’t going to allow that to happen again.” The very next day, she set out on a path to help these animals in need. “Life at Fuzzy Fawn is hectic, sad, happy and fun,” says Fuzzy, who received nearly 400 calls from people seeking help this fawn season. “Instagram has been a tremendous help. I’ve been able to reach out to other rehabbers in different states, we bounce ideas back and forth about treatments for the wildlife in our care.” Watch our story to see more of what life is like for Fuzzy and her family of fawns.
Photo by @piggypoo_and_crew
Hello, world! It’s time to meet the five rescue pups and the Vietnamese potbellied pig who make up @piggypoo_and_crew. From left to right, there’s Rika, Slick, Nya, James, Bashe and Chowder. “When I look at my crew, I see the reflection of who I am in them,” says their human Shelby, who lives in Southern California. “Their happiness, their safety, their health, their whole lives rely on me and I will never ever let them down.”
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Video by @craftyslimecreator
An old toy turned into a new passion for 16-year-old Alyssa Jagan (@craftyslimecreator). After seeing lots of slime DIYs pop up on social media, Alyssa, who lives in Toronto, realized she had all the necessary supplies to make her own. “I’ve been making slime and goo with my mom ever since I was little,” she says. “Slime became really pretty and visually pleasing in 2017. In the past, it didn’t look as nice, but now slime can be made in a variety of colors, scents and textures!” Inspiration for new varieties comes from different parts of Alyssa’s life. “I like to wander around craft stores and pick up different products to see which will work in slime. I am also inspired by other ‘slimers’ in the community,” she says. “I am currently obsessed with ‘Stranger Things,’ so I will probably make some ‘Stranger Things’-themed slimes.” Watch our story to see more, and follow along on #IGYearInReview as we reflect on the most memorable Instagram trends of 2017.
Photo by @eduseviste
Every Christmas, the circus comes to Eduardo Montesinos’ (@eduseviste) hometown of Valencia, Spain. “It reminds me of when I was a boy and my father took me to the circus, and of when my father went to the circus with his father,” says Eduardo. #WHPclassic