Discovering — and telling — stories from around the world. Curated by Instagram’s community team.
Photo by @manumanuti
For Manu Espinosa Nevraumont (@manumanuti), weekends are spent taking photos with friends — and colorful backdrops. “I wanted to express how important photography is to me, and how it’s a part of my everyday life,” says Manu. “This photo includes one of my favorite places in the city and one of my closest friends.” #WHPmyeveryday at Polanco, Mexico City
Photo by @shaina_sullivan
After becoming a stay-at-home mom, Shaina Sullivan (@shaina_sullivan) focused more on capturing everyday moments with her camera, like this one between her son and his great-grandmother. “Never did I imagine life every day with a child, but now that it’s here, I can’t picture life any other way.” ❤️📷 #WHPmyeveryday at Franklin, Tennessee
Video by @domingoxlatarde
The energy and movement of downtown Los Angeles made its way into designer Domingo’s (@domingoxlatarde) #WHPmyeveryday submission. “My inspiration was the interaction between people and the city,” he says. “Every day on my way to work I see all different types of people. There’s always something happening in downtown LA.” at Los Angeles, California
Photo by @artdr3am
Comfortable, secure, confident in your own skin — this is what body positivity means to Leia Immanuel (@artdr3am). For the past three years, Leia has dealt with hormonal acne. “I used to try and cover it all up with makeup,” says the eighth-grade student from New York. “Slowly, I began to accept that my acne is natural. I’ve grown more comfortable in my skin and body, and it’s changed the way I’ve seen people and the world.” Her advice to others? “Self-confidence comes differently for everyone. Being confident in your skin takes time and learning. Stay true to yourself and most importantly, keep an open mind. People are different, and when you accept that, you can accept your differences.” #NationalBodyConfidenceDay
Photo by @kutovakika
“Fragmented” was the word that came to mind for Veronika (@kutovakika) when describing her day-to-day life. “Thus, a picture of a puzzle,” she writes in her caption. “Every day might not be a dance on roses, but sometimes the puzzle comes together just right.” 🌹 #WHPmyeveryday at Stockholm, Sweden
Photo by @its_me_zazie
Lines from a poem by Australian poet Erin Hanson provide daily inspiration for Alessandra (@its_me_zazie) and her children: “And you ask, ‘What if I fall?’/ Oh, but my darling,/ What if you fly?” 🕊 #WHPmyeveryday at Sicilia, Italy
Photo by @vineet_vohra
Every morning for the past five years, photographer Vineet Vohra (@vineet_vohra) visits the bus terminal to observe “different people, buses, changes of weather and changes of mood.” 🚌
Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmyeveryday. at New Delhi, India
Photo by @milkwood_permaculture
From the golden pellets of sprouted grain they feed their chickens to the ingredients that make it to their kitchen table for supper, nearly every bite of food Kirsten Bradley and her family eats is grown on the sustainable farm where they live in Victoria, Australia. “Homegrown food tends to be very delicious,” she says. Kirsten is part of Milkwood (@milkwood_permaculture), a school where people can learn how to build sustainable farm systems. Along with an extended community of educators, Milkwood offers courses on everything from natural beekeeping and mushroom cultivation to biointensive growing, an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximize harvest in small spaces.
Soon it’ll be growing season in Australia, so Kirsten's family is busy planting tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings and making sure the bees pollinate their fruit trees in hopes of a big summer bounty. And then? They wait. “Growing of food is not an instant process, and it needs patience and perseverance,” she says. “But watching people bloom out of consumerism into makers and doers is really quite beautiful.” #WorldFoodDay
Watch our Instagram story to see what life is like at Milkwood. at Daylesford, Victoria
Photo by @kyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle
Round and round we go. 🌀 #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @ayane7628
It only took 20 or so jumps for Ayane Motomitsu (@ayane7628) to perfect her form in front of this art exhibit in Japan. 🏊♀️ #TheWeekOnInstagram at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Photo by @cocodavez
Artist Coco Dávez’s (@cocodavez) “faceless faces” give pop culture icons a new feel. “I started with a portrait of Patti Smith. I was going to throw it away, but before doing that, I had so much paint left over that I did a brushstroke on the face to fill in all of that,” says the artist from Madrid of discovering her signature style. “A lightbulb went off.”
When she was 21, Coco went to live in London with the intention of studying photography, but painting still called to her. Her inspiration? “Artists from the 20th century like Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder and David Hockney.”
Get to know Coco’s world and colorful style on today’s Instagram story. 🎨 at Madrid, Spain
Photo by @bakedbymelissa
Melissa Ben-Ishay transformed her passion into her livelihood — but it only happened after she came up against some tough times. “In the summer of 2008, I was fired from my job in advertising,” says the 33-year-old from New York City. “Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I went home and I baked four batches of cupcakes (s’more, peanut butter cup, cookie dough and tie-dye).” The very next day, her best friend’s sister shared the treats at the public relations agency where she worked, and the right connections were made. “The rest is history!” says Melissa, who is the president and chief product officer of @bakedbymelissa. The company currently has 13 retail locations in the US plus a nationwide shipping operation.
“There is no better way to learn than through experience and by surrounding yourself with people who have skills that you don’t,” says Melissa of her team. “The opportunity to collaborate with hardworking, passionate, like-minded people is the best part of my job.”
We’re celebrating #NationalDessertDay with the Baked by Melissa team! See more on our Instagram story now.
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