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Capturing the Atlanta Falcons’ Game Day Experience with...

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 21:56

Capturing the Atlanta Falcons’ Game Day Experience with Photographer @kevindliles

To see more of Kevin’s photos, follow @kevindliles on Instagram.

When photographing Atlanta Falcons football games, Kevin D. Liles (@kevindliles) will take the requisite shots of touchdowns and dramatic tackles, but as a contractor for the team, he has the freedom to also point his lens away from the field. “Everything else is fascinating to me — the fans, the colors, the details, the face paint, the tattoos,” the 36-year-old says. “All the little things add up to tell a much richer story than just the action.” Sure, sometimes he’s 300 feet (90 meters) above the field on a catwalk, capturing quarterback Matt Ryan in the middle of a throw, but other times he’s getting smaller moments, like a detailed picture of defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s dreadlocks. Kevin also covers local and national news, like a recent Hillary Clinton campaign stop, for the New York Times. But no matter what he’s shooting, Kevin’s approach to preparation is the same: “I do my homework. With the players, I try to learn as much about them as I can. Same thing with news assignments. Everything I do, I just try to tell stories.”

Appreciating Punk Culture, Cats and Sia With Los Angeles Artist...

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 16:35

Appreciating Punk Culture, Cats and Sia With Los Angeles Artist Zoë Zag

To see more of Zoë Zag’s concert posters, check out @zcrytuff on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Growing up in L.A., Zoë Zag (@zcrytuff) loved art but never thought of it as a career option. “I didn’t go to art school. I’ve taken classes but I don’t really understand why it’s like, ‘Oh, now I have a piece of paper that says I’m an artist.’ That doesn’t really work for me.”

That all changed thanks to a chance encounter with a pop star and a longtime friendship with a quartet of skate punks who realized their potential as musicians. After meeting Sia in Echo Park and bonding over some ice cream, Zoë ended up doing the production design for her “Chandelier” video. “That was the first time I got paid for art and it blew my mind. Like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she says.

At that point, Zoë was in the first year of her relationship with FIDLAR drummer Max Kuehn, who she knew, along with his bandmates, since they were high schoolers. The graffiti cover for their second album, Too, is actually a wall in her living room, and she designed much of their recent merch and music videos. Most notably, the visuals for lead single “40 oz. on Repeat” hilariously spoofed everything from Soundgarden and Oasis to Jamiroquai and Missy Elliott. “It’s such an awesome family of people that welcomed me into the group,” she says. “It’s really fun and natural.”

On top of that, Zoë and Max have their own lo-fi band the Squirmers, which she fronts while he plays the instruments. Last year, they released their four-song debut EP Tampico, named after the juice they’d mix with cheap vodka. “You can’t get worse than that,” says Zoë, laughing while revealing that it’s also a reminder of a “f—ed up” period in her life. So far, the Squirmers have played one show, which also happened to be her birthday party. “It’s not my main thing. It’s not like, ‘I’m a musician now. I’m going to start playing shows and tour.’”

As fall turns to winter, Zoë’s current focus is screen printing jackets and shirts, drawing inspiration from old punk gig flyers and vintage advertisements. “It’s easy to pick up a pen and draw a lady, a body, but we see that all the time so I stay away from that,” she says. “When I see ink on a piece of paper it’s not very exciting to me. What’s cool about screen printing is I can draw something very small and then blow it up. I’ll even carve out wood, stamp it and make a shirt.”

With Max on the road, Zoë’s at home with their cat Brian Eno. “He’s like a dog. When we’re recording he just hangs out. He’ll crawl into Max’s bass drum and sleep.”

Happily for both pet and owner, Max will soon be home for a couple months, during which they’ll finally finish a bunch more Squirmers songs. There are no set plans for an album, though Zoë already has ideas for videos and maybe a few gigs at bowling alleys or warehouses.

“Who knows what we’ll do,” she says, “but I know it’s going to be fun.”

—Dan Reilly for Instagram @music

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Sun, 11/29/2015 - 16:00

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Discovering What Being Wealthy Is Really About with...

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 21:57

Discovering What Being Wealthy Is Really About with @paulinhohop

To see more of Paulo’s photos, follow @paulinhohop on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in Portuguese.)

“#hellomynameis Paulo Henrique Teodoro (@paulinhohop). I am 18 years old and live in Campinas, Brazil. I currently work at a music store and hope to study photography at university next year. In my free time, I am a hip-hop dancer and a photographer. As a kid, I really wanted to be a doctor, but it turns out that dream came from those around me more than from myself. When I realized that photography was one of my passions, I was visiting Rio de Janeiro. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, I discovered that I do not need money to be rich. Being wealthy is about doing what I love: traveling, taking photographs and discovering new places.”

Daniel Bacchieri Wants to Create the World’s Biggest Network of...

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:29

Daniel Bacchieri Wants to Create the World’s Biggest Network of Street Musicians

To see more performances of street musicians, check out @streetmusicmap on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

The act was simple: Daniel Bacchieri posting a video of a bandurist performing on the street in Kiev, Ukraine. But when the burgeoning filmmaker and producer returned to his home in Brazil, he decided to do it again.

“I started to film street musicians in Brazil and upload them onto my personal account,” he says. “I thought, every day I am going to film musicians in São Paulo. My friends started to tell me, ‘Oh, on my last trip I filmed one guy in Barcelona.’ And, ‘Hey, I have one guy playing piano in New York on my cell phone. Can I send to you?’ From that point, my personal project became a collaboration.”

And so, Street Music Map (@streetmusicmap), a curated feed of global street musicians, was born. Two years, 925 artists and 81 countries later, it has become one of the top street musician video hubs in the world, allowing Daniel to connect with performers in some unexpected ways — like the time he reposted a girl playing harp in Red Square in Moscow and she identified herself in the comments.

“I want to make Street Music Map the biggest platform about street music,” he says. “The place where bands can connect with fans all over the world and a place for curators and people who want to find the real deal, the next big thing.”

—Instagram @music

Exploding into the Air with @jacobjonasthecompany For more...

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:00

Exploding into the Air with @jacobjonasthecompany

For more dance photography from Jacob, follow @jacobjonasthecompany and browse the #camerasanddancers hashtag to see how others capture his dancers.

“I think as a choreographer my work tends to be very physical and explosive and athletic, and I encourage that in the still photographs too,” explains Jacob Jonas, artistic director of his self-named dance company (@jacobjonasthecompany). Jacob discovered dance as a teenager living in Los Angeles; while skateboarding along Venice Beach he ran into a group of street performers and was immediately hooked. “With dance I’ve always been inspired by the people doing it rather than the moves they are doing, and that’s carried through my work today as a choreographer,” he says. A self-taught photographer, Jacob collaborates with Instagrammers to capture his dancers while on tour or outside of the rehearsal studio. He runs a monthly InstaMeet on location, #camerasanddancers, choosing unusual settings which respond to his dancers’ acrobatic movements. “I try to take each photo and make it an autobiography for the dancer — looking at the photograph you can understand who they are as people. It’s less about being flashy in their face and more about the rawness of the shot,” he says. Jacob is an advocate of staying curious and trying something new: “Encourage your friends to just go jump or do a dance pose,” he says. “You don’t have to be a professional dancer to shoot dance.”

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhandmade Weekend Hashtag Project...

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 22:16

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhandmade

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that feature artisanal crafts or your own handmade projects, either by going behind-the-scenes of the crafting process or showcasing handmade objects in new and unexpected ways.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Use lighting and framing to highlight details that set crafted items apart.
  • Share the story behind a homespun project — incorporate an artisan or craftsperson within their shop or workspace, reveal a work in progress or use video to capture a project step-by-step.
  • Be on the lookout for handmade objects in everyday life, such as recycled or creatively repurposed items.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPhandmade hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday.

Instagram @music’s Monthly Hashtag Project:...

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 16:41

Instagram @music’s Monthly Hashtag Project: #MHPlocalbeats

Monthly Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @music on Instagram.

This month’s prompt was #MHPlocalbeats, which asked participants to make photos of their local music scene, taking inspiration from rapper Jay Prince (@loungeinparis). We selected some of our favorite submissions from the project above, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Searching for Hidden Stories in the Side Streets of Cairo with...

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 16:20

Searching for Hidden Stories in the Side Streets of Cairo with @nourikam

To see more of Cairo’s hidden stories, follow @nourikam on Instagram.

Once a week on Saturday mornings, Nour Kamel (@nourikam) goes out in search of hidden gems in bustling Cairo. After spending two years in France and Spain, Nour, who’s 27, returned home with a fresh lens and a passion to rediscover her home city of 11 million. “I suddenly started to notice the bits that are unique to us — the colors, the windows, how we hang our laundry,” she says.

The Cairo most people experience is one that is crowded and loud, but Nour seeks out quieter streets with intimate surroundings that tell a different tale. “I like to find the sense of serenity that still exists,” she says. “I want people to see the Cairo that is least known to the world. That means a Cairo that is apolitical, a Cairo that lives in peace — where day-to-day activities happen smoothly, where there is charm and kindness and an extreme sense of home and hospitality.”

Desserts That You Can Eat with Your Eyes with...

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 01:32

Desserts That You Can Eat with Your Eyes with @carolina_ferrer_

To discover more succulent desserts with a pinch of charm, follow @carolina_ferrer_ on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)

Carefully chosen pans, a beam of light that filters unexpectedly, an ideal moment and a pinch of charm — these are the ingredients Carolina Ferrer (@carolina_ferrer_) combines to capture her passion for desserts. “I try to photograph things that you can eat with your eyes, through the colors, with my style,” says Carolina, a home cook, photographer and stylist who lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Her love for baking began as a little girl when her aunt gave her some antique children’s cookbooks. She quickly replaced her toys with the sweet flavors that she loved to bake, preferring to give her treats to family, friends and neighbors rather than eating them herself. Now, accompanied by her son, Carolina photographs cakes on an eclectic collection of plates picked up during her travels, not caring about spilling ingredients all over the table. “Sometimes my pictures are a bit chaotic with all the flour and chocolate scattered everywhere,” she says. “But that’s how I cook.”

#whoifollow with @marthastewart To see more of Martha’s...

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 20:31

#whoifollow with @marthastewart

To see more of Martha’s photographs, follow @marthastewart on Instagram.

If Thanksgiving in the US had a spokesperson, it would most likely be Martha Stewart (@marthastewart). “I love the food and the friends,” says the 74-year-old entrepreneur who has turned cooking, organizing and celebrating into an art as well as a global brand. This year, Martha will roast four turkeys (in 2014, there were only three), and make a signature bourbon cocktail to be sure her guests break the ice with each other. “I don’t want anyone at my Thanksgiving to say they are not happy,” she says, insisting it is not at all difficult to create a beautiful holiday — “Get a slew of good recipes, cook a beautiful turkey and your friends will adore you.”

To celebrate with Martha, we asked her to recommend some favorite accounts on Instagram. Here is the lifestyle expert’s #whoifollow:

  • Beyoncé (@beyonce) — She lives a life I only dream about.
  • Kevin Sharkey (@seenbysharkey) — If I want to see the most beautiful photos of my own home … He captures the essence of my living.
  • Will Cotton (@willcottonnyc) — One of the most talented artists I know, and I was thrilled we collaborated on the 25th anniversary cover of Martha Stewart Living.
  • Darcy Miller (@darcymiller) — Love seeing her three children, her creativity and drawings.
  • Kei Yamazaki (@keiyamazaki) — Every picture is amazing.
  • Gael Taley (@gtowey) — Travels to the most beautiful places in the world, and has the best travel photography.

If you’re in the US, celebrate Thanksgiving with the Instagram community by tapping on Explore (the magnifying glass) to see the best videos throughout the holiday. Any public Thanksgiving video is eligible to be featured, but if you want to make sure we see yours, add #IGThanksgiving.

‘I Feel Free’: Celebrating Change, Beauty and Music with DJ and...

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 16:56

‘I Feel Free’: Celebrating Change, Beauty and Music with DJ and Producer Tragik

To see more of Tragik’s life in and outside of music, check out @tragik on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Life is a celebration, music is a message and entertainment is an opportunity to make the world a better place. That’s how DJ and producer Tragik (@tragik) sees it.

“Janis Joplin, the Beatles, John Lennon — they all took some sort of stance or positive change in this world,” says the artist, who identifies as gender fluid. (Instead of “he” or “she,” Tragik uses the pronoun “they.”) “I feel like this generation is putting more emphasis on aesthetics and on the dream rather than meaning and substance, and I think that’s where we’re getting lost. I think that’s where music is getting lost, because music started to become really mundane. I’m not really relating to a lot of artists anymore.”

In stark contrast to the super-sleek, overly produced DJs and pop stars with which Tragik shares the Los Angeles streets, the Argentinian-born musician is unabashedly outspoken. In the booth or on the dance floor, behind the camera or in front of it, Tragik is dedicated to capturing and sharing the world’s good side — playing what they want to hear, be it ‘90s trance or turn-of-the-century house and R&B. Through photography, they document the most unique and inspiring facets of friends, family and selfhood.

“When it comes to my friends, I always put spotlights on them, because I think they’re all so beautiful in their own individual ways,” says Tragik. “I love helping other people feel beautiful about themselves. Whatever their insecurities are, I want to help them.”

Self-love and acceptance are issues figuratively and literally close to Tragik’s heart. It’s been two years since the San Francisco Bay Area-raised DJ found the courage to have their breasts removed, and Tragik has never felt freer. While they do not identify as a male or as trans, they champion the cause.

“I was so insecure about my body and my chest, I never wanted to go out,” says Tragik. “I was always home, and being insecure really reflects on your attitude and your personality. I was just a very sad person, and now I’m like a hundred thousand times a different person. I can go out and be free. I feel free. It feels like you’re a bird in a cage, and you just got released.”

Tragik’s openness on social media, in conversation and in life, attracts fans to the DJ’s music, videos, clothes and overall positive platforms. Tragik gets notes from teens in small American towns who say they are gay and on the verge of suicide, but thank the artist for providing hope and strength.

There are critics and slanderers, though.

“I get told all the time that I shouldn’t put up pictures of my top surgery or that I shouldn’t be so vocal about the queer community, anything about things that are reflective of my personal opinion or thought,” they say. “I was not put on this earth to be this quiet, empty shell. However many followers, that’s not my path. That’s not my journey. Even if I only have 10 people who follow me, in some way or another we create some kind of community, and we impact some kind of change and positivity and love into this world. I feel like that’s way more impactful than having a million followers and nothing to say.”

—Kat Bein for Instagram @music

Letting Go with Light for #loykrathong To see more photos of...

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 22:14

Letting Go with Light for #loykrathong

To see more photos of the festival, explore the #loykrathong hashtag. For more photos from Bien, follow @jsph on Instagram.

In Thailand and pockets of Myanmar, Malaysia and Laos, November 25 is the annual Loy Krathong festival — held at canals, rivers and lakes where those celebrating release ornate, buoyant baskets, called krathongs, to the water. “What I love about Loi Krathong is the idea of letting go,” says New York-based recruiting manager Bien Sunga (@jsph), whose travels to Chiang Mai, Thailand, coincided with this year’s festival. Several million Southeast Asian people and other travelers participate to honor Buddha and the goddess of water, and many hope to release negativity along with their floats. Bien likes this aspect best: “It is a good outlet to really separate myself from anything bothering me, so I can focus on the good in my life.”

Photographer @simona.ghizzoni’s #uncutproject Aims to Help...

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 16:02

Photographer @simona.ghizzoni’s #uncutproject Aims to Help Victims of FGM Feel Seen

For more photos from Simona, follow @simona.ghizzoni on Instagram.

The pictures are about survival. While Italian photographer Simona Ghizzoni (@simona.ghizzoni) chooses grim topics to tackle — from eating disorders to war in Gaza, and currently, female genital mutilation (FGM) across Africa — she wants to provide hope through her portraiture. “Fear of dying, fear of the war, being worried about people you love, wanting to love and be loved, having hopes… It comes down to those basic things you see everywhere,” Simona says. She started documenting FGM because, despite the laws against it, the practice persists, and sharing pictures of women who are affected by it is Simona’s activism. “The younger girls — 8, 12 year olds — they have never been looked at. They have always been leftovers in society,” she says. “I really see in some of their eyes, ‘I am looked at really and somebody is listening to what I am saying.’”

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and Simona is launching #uncutproject on to raise awareness of FGM; her website will debut on Feb 6, which is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Cooking up Colors with Photographer @gkstories For more...

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 22:19

Cooking up Colors with Photographer @gkstories

For more colorful food photos from David, follow @gkstories on Instagram.

Stockholm photographer David Frenkiel (@gkstories) is a highly visual guy — and he expects his food to be visual, too. “Think about the rainbow of colors and aromas at the vegetable aisle in the grocery store and compare that to what you smell and see when you pass the meat section,” says David, who has been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years. “I don’t think I’m the weird one for choosing to eat the food that all my senses naturally are drawn to.” A former magazine art director, David, along with his fiancé, Luise, have published two cookbooks, and they write the food blog, Green Kitchen Stories. He says color plays a part in the planning of meals for his family, which includes two young children, but flavor comes first. “Just by adding a few different vegetables, you usually get a pretty awesome mix of colors,” he says, adding that his trick to adding pop to savory dishes is by garnishing them with fruit, especially berries. “They have such intense colors and interesting textures. I often add in berries if my food doesn’t look great.”

But even for someone who’s focused on aesthetics, David is most interested in the backstory of the recipes he writes and photographs: “How you discovered a dish, who you were eating it with and where you were eating it — that often says much more than just talking about the ingredients.”

Lil Tuffy and the Music Poster Renaissance To see more of Lil...

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:01

Lil Tuffy and the Music Poster Renaissance

To see more of Lil Tuffy’s concert posters, check out @lil_tuffy on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

When it comes to designing silkscreen concert posters, Lil Tuffy (@lil_tuffy) just goes with his gut.

“I do a lot of last-minute jobs where I’ll get no lead-in time at all. It’s like this is due in three days — and that includes printing,” says the California-based artist. “When that happens, you basically have to take a walk around the block, clear your head and then just sit down and do it.”

Tuffy currently works out of a ground-floor studio in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, where he produces a wide range of intricate silkscreen prints. Past work includes colorful images of Devo, Wu-Tang Clan and Lana Del Rey.

Born in Detroit and raised in Cincinnati, Chicago and L.A., Tuffy (his real name is Terrance; “Lil Tuffy” was given to him by a friend years ago and has stuck ever since), started making posters more than a decade ago. At that point, he had been bartending and booking bands at small venues.

“I collected posters as a hobby,” he says. “So for my birthday party in 2002, I made a poster.”

The final piece snagged Tuffy a few design gigs. From there, he hooked up with the Firehouse, an art collective, and artist Chuck Sperry, where he learned how to screen print.

“I took printmaking classes [in college] but never screen printing classes,” he says. “So friends and I would break into the screen printing lab at night with like a case of beer and would make band T-shirts and stuff like that. That was the extent of my screen printing experience before then.”

Post-Firehouse, Tuffy set out on his own, connecting with San Francisco-area promoters and creating posters for their concerts. His work coincided with a renaissance of boutique poster making across the country — a throwback to the days when venues like the Fillmore would offer exclusive, custom images designed for local shows.

“I think when digital music started to become more prevalent and album covers took a back seat, posters really kind of filled that void,” says Tuffy. “And in the ‘90s when collecting seven inches in limited edition vinyl was like a big thing, posters kind of dovetailed right into that as well — this unique thing, only available at the show.”

Though he works directly with the promoters, in some cases Tuffy will collaborate with a few of his musician friends. Other times, he’ll hear from other artists about how much they admire his work.

“You’ll get an email thanking you,” he says. “They’re like, ‘Yeah. This is awesome. You nailed this one. I want to hang that on my wall.’”

—Instagram @music

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfamilyrecipe Weekend Hashtag...

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 22:16

Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfamilyrecipe

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s prompt was #WHPfamilyrecipe, which asked participants to make photos and videos of their favorite foods to cook at home. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Waxing Nostalgic with Artist @mumblestohimself To see more of...

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:01

Waxing Nostalgic with Artist @mumblestohimself

To see more of Hoang’s crayon creations, follow @mumblestohimself on Instagram.

Hoang Tran (@mumblestohimself) may be 30 years old, but he still enjoys playing with crayons. He doesn’t use the waxy sticks to color inside the lines though; rather, he carves detailed, miniature portraits of pop culture icons into them. Hoang, who lives in Pittsburg, got his training in precision work during three years of dental school before he realized it wasn’t the career for him. “I withdrew to pursue something more creative,” he says. “I had seen someone else’s crayon carvings years before, and they stuck in my mind. Because we’d done something similar in dental school — we carved teeth from wax — I knew I had the skills to try [it].” So, using a stainless steel dentist’s implement called a Hollenback carver, he now makes sculptures of everyone from Darth Vader to SpongeBob to Homer Simpson. “It turns out I really, really enjoy this work,” says Hoang, who first peels back just the right amount of paper, carves, then applies melted wax to bulk up areas and add color details. “Now that I’m selling pieces online, showing in art galleries, even doing commissions for people, I guess other people really enjoy them, too.”

Finesse and Strength on the Waves with @rissmoore10 To see more...

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 21:53

Finesse and Strength on the Waves with @rissmoore10

To see more photos of the life of surfing star Carissa Moore, follow @rissmoore10 on Instagram.

Surfers are typically either powerful or graceful. Carissa Moore (@rissmoore10) is both, and perhaps that’s why she’s on the verge of winning her third World Surf League championship title. “I try to find a balance between being radical and progressive and smooth and graceful,” Carissa says. The 23-year-old will call on all these strengths over the next two weeks as she vies for the gold at the Target Maui Pro in Honolua Bay, Maui, the final event of the 2015 Women’s Championship Tour.

Born in Honolulu, Carissa learned to surf not long after she learned to walk. Her father is an avid swimmer and wanted to share his love of the ocean with her. She was instantly hooked and hasn’t let go since. “When I am riding a wave, I feel the most at peace with myself,” she says. “Surfing will always be a part of my life. The ocean will always keep me coming back for more.”

The Week on Instagram | 210 News Esquire: What We Saw After...

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 16:01

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