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Calligrapher Jose Gil Quílez’s (@josegilq) pen is mesmerizing, gliding over the page to write elegant, swooping words — Sunrise, Hustle, Lovely. “Writing relaxes me,” says Jose, a Madrid-based artist and designer. “With my videos, I hope to convey that same feeling.” Jose had a photographic memory as a child and would draw scenes from his life in a notebook he constantly carried with him. He especially liked drawing portraits, and would often note the subject’s name next to the image — a habit that eventually turned into a hand-lettering and design career. “It’s much more fun than spending hours looking for the right font on the computer,” he says. Being a freelancer can be trying, but Jose feels lucky to have turned his art into a successful business. “It requires constant work and innovation,” he says, “but you can make a little idea into your way of life.” #NationalHandwritingDay #MadeToCreate Video by @josegilq

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Elevated at 14,692 feet (4,478 meters), Leo Thomas (@theolator) captures the splendor of the Matterhorn, a mountain of the alps, during his first time visiting the peak. “At that moment, everything just lined up perfectly for us,” says Leo. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @theolator

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That’s one happy golden retriever. 🐶👅 We’re guessing @mambohitsgolden and friends didn’t sit still for long, but we’re glad to have this moment from a São Paulo dog park. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @mambohitsgolden

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Wayne Skivington’s (@wayne_skiv04) four-year-old son Rowan doesn’t need a jungle gym — he has a Cirque du Soleil acrobat for a dad. “The other day I was doing a handstand and he climbed onto me. He crawls up on my shoulders and crosses his legs,” says the 29-year-old dad and gymnast who lives in Las Vegas. “Sometimes he grabs my hair. It’s his saddle!” Juggling a demanding work and exercise schedule when his son was born, Wayne built a home gym in order to spend more time with his family. Rowan would crawl in to watch his father, so it was only a matter of time before Wayne became his son’s very own special monkey bars. “What I do is lift people. Feeling and balancing Rowan, we connect in a way other than talking,” Wayne says. “As a kid, you sit on your dad’s shoulders and you remember that forever. Our bond is a little bit more.” Video by @wayne_skiv04

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Maestro, please! 🎹 Ukrainian basketball freestyler (and part-time model) Anatoliy Lutytskyi (@anatoliystun) may not technically be able to play the black and white keys, but that didn’t stop him from creating our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. This dramatic loop from the 24-year-old came to life in a single take. #Boomerang by @anatoliystun

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In Puebla, Mexico, Rodrigo Villanueva Carmona (@rodrigopinanueva) dramatically fills the space during #emptymuseoamparo. Being greeted with smiles and hugs by fellow Instagrammers was one of the best ways to start this new year, says Rodrigo. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @rodrigopinanueva

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“When meeting wild animals, I always feel gifted to be able to capture such sincere moments,” says Valérie Derome-Massé (@valerie_deromemasse), a photographer and aspiring architect in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. “This particular encounter with this bird made me feel instantly at peace,” she says. “When you’re photographing a moving animal, finally getting the perfect shot makes for an unspeakable feeling of satisfaction.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @valerie_deromemasse

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPfamilypet The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos inspired by a favorite pet. Here’s how to get started: What makes your furry (or feathered or scaly) subject special? Highlight their personality through a unique trick or physical trait or how they fit in as a member of your family. Tell a story from your animal’s point of view, like a video that follows a day in their life or a Boomerang that captures the pure joy of catching a Frisbee. If you don’t have a pet, or want to find alternative sources of inspiration, consider other animal encounters, like feeding birds in the morning from your porch or crossing paths with a deer on your lawn. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPfamilypet 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. Featured photo by @penguinthemagpie

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Since Thomas Jefferson’s time, the United States Marine Band has provided the soundtrack to the presidential inauguration. Pancho Bernasconi (@floodthezone) photographed Lt. Col. Jason Fettig leading the band in rehearsals. This weekend, Pancho is on the ground, covering the transition of power from Barack Obama (@barackobama) to Donald Trump (@realdonaldtrump) in Washington, DC. Photo by @floodthezone

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Caroline Nguyen (@tit3.viet) is proof you don’t need a ton of space to be creative — she makes the majority of her self-portraits from her bedroom, drawing inspiration from her everyday life and a passion for Japanese manga culture. “I really like this style,” says 23-year-old Caroline, who lives in France. In many of her posts, she shares supportive words, inviting people to overcome their struggles and hang-ups. “Very often, I base my work on my own experience. I also sometimes write fictional stories about subjects that are more or less taboo that might affect my readers: young parents, lust, racism, anorexia, bulimia and much more,” says Caroline, who has built an active community on her profile. “It’s satisfying to like what you do, but it’s even more satisfying when it’s appreciated by others. I love this interaction and the fact that you can feel close in spite of differences in age, origins, cultures and the distance separating us.” Discover more stories from the French-speaking community on @instagramfr. Photo by @tit3.viet

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Surrounded by the wild flora of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Lucy Hearn and Lily Daley (@peachesandkeen) describe their workshop spot as a forest paradise. For the past seven years, the best friends have created nature-inspired jewelry and colorful art constructed from foraged plants. These “botanical calamity artworks” are constructed completely by hand, without any computer editing. “Sometimes they take hours to create as we source and arrange each individual detail,” the women explain. “And then they are gone with a gust of wind!” Both Lucy and Lily are moms, but their work remains a focus plus an artistic outlet outside of their everyday lives. In one caption Lucy and Lily suggest another name for the children — “interns in training.” Watch our Instagram story to see the duo put together one of their foraged works of art. 🍃 Photo by @peachesandkeen

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A pastel sunset paints the water pink in this scene captured by Concha García (@concha__ga) for #WHPfollowthelight. Photo by @concha__ga

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