This month’s hashtag project is #MHProckstar. Obviously, the term “rock star” denotes a wide variety of styles – and that’s exactly what we’re looking for (um, minus all the illegal stuff). Dress up as an ‘80s hair metal god, throw on a pair of Superstars and show off your best Run-DMC pose or attend a show of your favorite musician and catch them in a moment when they’re most in their element (screaming into the mic, jumping off speakers, going into the crowd … you get the idea).

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #MHProckstar hashtag only to photos and videos taken this month and only submit your own. Any tagged visual taken this month is eligible to be featured. If you use music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights.

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.

Three years ago, Paulo del Valle (@paulodelvalle) started the #myinstagramlogo project, inspiring thousands of creators to remix our icon in wildly creative ways. Today, we introduced a new look for the app, inspired by our vibrant community — and a new round of mashups are coming in.

Paulo, who lives in São Paulo, used more than 400 flowers to make his remix. “I went to the biggest flower shop in Rio de Janeiro and bought half of their stock for Mother’s Day. Then I got home and I had no idea how I was going to do it,” he explains. Eight hours later, he had something beautiful.

Brooklyn-based animator Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) made an imaginary world where Instagram logos grow out of the soil. And, our four-legged fluffy friends participated too — Jimmy the Bull Terrier (@rafaelmantesso) used his paws to show off his Instagram love.

We’re inspired by how these community members are making Instagram’s new look come to life. Follow along on the #myinstagramlogo hashtag page. Add your own ideas. We can’t wait to see what else you create with the logo — and with your lives — on Instagram.

#WHPfamilytree asked community members to make photos and videos celebrating their family and heritage. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

Last weekend (April 22-24), thousands of people gathered for the 13th Worldwide InstaMeet to celebrate Earth Day and explore nature while taking photos and videos together.

Check out #LifeOnEarthWWIM13 and #WWIM13 to see how our amazing community celebrated in every corner of the world

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As a woman born in the US to Saudi parents, Tasneem Alsultan (@tasneemalsultan) often felt like an outsider — someone not fully embraced by or comfortable in the cultures that shaped her. “I was a third culture kid,” Tasneem, 30, says of her formative years. “I didn’t react to things the same way my parents did, but I also didn’t look like what many people think of as a typical American. It took me a long time to be OK with that.” Today, Tasneem’s photography ranges from spontaneous, joy-filled wedding portraits to more recent documentary work on the private lives of Saudi women. All of her pictures are filtered through a sensibility born from one abiding hope: that she can capture what unites diverse cultures, rather than what divides them. “In my photography, I am trying to mediate between worlds,” Tasneem says. “It’s a kind of activism. I’m rebelling against stereotypes by portraying people, and especially women and girls, as they really are.”

To check out more of her photography, follow @tasneemalsultan on Instagram.

Toronto-based artist Richard Ahnert (@richardahnert) creates surrealistic visions on birch panels, often depicting the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. “Without [animals], we could never truly understand just how unique we are,” the artist says. Like a musician is instinctually drawn to a particular instrument, Richard’s longtime preferred tool for expression has been a paintbrush. For artists on a quest for their own unique perspective, Richard’s advice is honest and clear: “Create something that you would want hung on your own walls. If it isn’t something that you’d desire had you stumbled upon it in a gallery, then you should be trying harder.”

To see more of his art, follow @richardahnerton Instagram.

#WHPonthego asked community members to make photos and videos that capture people and objects in motion. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

@SudhanshuVerma - A man riding Jaipur to Kanyakumari on the bicycle, writing here his own words till today from 10 March 2016. 

10 March 2016 - Started my journey with an overwhelming see off by my cyclists' family. it feels a lot more positive with all the motivation and wishes. Thank you all.

I've crossed Jobener. The sun's a little harsh but I'm loving this satisfactory feeling inside. For later, will be camping at Sambhar.

11 March 2016 - There lies "Journey to self. (night stay at Sambhar lake)

13 March 2016 - "Family" This is the first gurudwara I have seen on my route till now. Absorbing all positive energy here.

Yesterday on my way to Bijaynagar I met some amazing people on the road, who turned out to be my Host. I can't appreciate enough for their help. They are doing some great work by promoting #SwachBharat in their city. Well they saved me from that too.

I will reach Bhilwara in Evening.

15 March 2016 - I was just starting with my journal and all of the sudden tears roll down my cheeks, I was back into flash back.

Day 1 - I Was running to reach where I had to start my trip. There was no excitement on that day, but I was feeling confident and there was an urge to leave to unknown! with every stop I Took, I met a different soul. Telling me to never Stop. I reached those words from the movie again " it is not necessarily to be strong but feel strong." So far Journey to self has been wonderful!

18 March 2016 - This journey to self is not Just me, it's also the road, people I met while exploring the unknown. Met him today out of nowhere, nature lover, who loves not the human less but birds more

22 March 2016 - Titanic - ll ' 16 - We wrote our name and let it sail to nowhere. Just like Makes its own through the darkness, so as we.

2 April 2016 - Bharuch a paradise for photographers ! While I was packing my bags I was thinking about my next stop "Bharuch" and had no idea where I will be staying. Luckily I got connected with some amazing people through Instagram, who are doing a commendable job to make their city a well-known place. It's a small place but peaceful place to live ' says @bharuchmycity 's founders @rutvik09 @aakashsing

I am highly inspired by these souls and their passion to work harder for their dreams. So today I organized a small Interactive session here to share the experience. Had an amazing time with them. Thanks to everyone who came today - GroupPhoto

8 April 2016  - Bandra fort. Mumbai  l 11 April 2016 - Pune l 

 

 

 

When SZA (@justsza) went to Coachella (@coachella) for the first time in 2014, she spent most of the day running around the grounds of the three-day festival. This weekend, the 25-year-old singer from New Jersey was on the lineup to perform. “You just don’t want to blow something that important to you,” she says. “It was on my bucket list.” No worries: SZA killed it during her 50-minute set on Saturday night. The next item she wants to check off her list is releasing a full-length studio album, which she will do with her debut, “A,” later this year. “Everything is about to start up,” SZA says. “I have been on snooze … well, not really. I have been home and just working and taking singing lessons — things that are important for my growth as a woman and human being.”

––Instagram @music

To see more from SZA, check out @justsza on Instagram.

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The goal this week is to make photos and videos that capture people and objects in motion. Here’s how to get started:

  • Head to busy areas with people in transit — like urban intersections or crowds in a colorful marketplace.
  • Find a safe way to capture the view from your bicycle riding down a mountain trail or a speeding train zipping through the city.
  • Try using Instagram’s Hyperlapse app to share a longer journey from beginning to end.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPonthego 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.

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 every week announcing the latest project.

#WHPfoodfilms asked community members to make videos starring their favorite foods and cooking techniques. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)

“#MyStory is about self-improvement and waking up to a new reality.” —Valeria Kechichian (@valeriakechichian), the Argentine co-founder of Longboard Girls Crew (@longboardgirlscrew), a project supporting positive images of women in action sports.

“I started longboard skating when I was 28. I had a tedious job in a gray office and some bad habits, so I was desperately in need of some positive hobbies. A couple of years later, a Venezuelan friend and I created Longboard Girls Crew to bring more women closer to the sport.

Since childhood, women are taught that being pretty and a good girl is what really matters. Meanwhile, boys are taught to get dirty and try new things. That’s one of the fundamental reasons why, until now, there have been fewer influential women in action sports. Longboard Girls Crew promotes women in the sport and puts female riders in the spotlight. Our ambassadors in 80 countries share their videos and their experiences, no matter their age, race or religion. And the more united we are, the stronger we become.”

#MyStory is a series that spotlights inspiring women in the Instagram community. Join the conversation by sharing your own story. To explore more Longboard Girls Crew adventures, check out @valeriakechichian on Instagram.

The women Manjit Thapp (@manjitthapp) draws are meant to be a bit enigmatic. “There’s an air of mystery and silence to them,” the 21-year-old student at Camberwell College of Arts in London says. “I like that people are able to fill in these gaps with their own interpretations.” Recently, Manjit is creating comics for the first time, using a mix of pencil, ink and photo-editing software to tell the story of a reoccurring female protagonist. “It’s quite new to me,” she says. “I enjoy the challenge of telling a story through a series of drawings.”

To see more of Manjit’s work, follow @manjitthapp on Instagram.

Reuben Wu (@itsreuben) first fell in love with photography while chasing another creative dream. As a keyboardist, songwriter and producer in the electronic band Ladytron, he had the grand opportunity to travel the world and document his experience through an analog lens. From there, he began booking personal trips without any music gigs attached, strictly to take photos.

“One of the first places I went to was Svalbard, right next to the North Pole,” he says. “It was not going to be possible for me to find a DJ gig in the North Pole, so I had to book my own flight and just go. It is as much of a passion as music is. They’re both separate and intertwined as a creative outlet.”

Reuben’s love of strange landscapes took root during his childhood. He’d spend the gray English days poring over his father’s National Geographic magazines, escaping through his imagination to far away and exotic lands. Today, he’s able to do that in person, heading to remote and often dangerous destinations with his wife. For their honeymoon, they vacationed on the beaches of Indonesia, a place Reuben had always wanted to visit, due to its deadly volcanoes, in particular the so-called “mountain of fire,” Mount Ijen.

“I spent about 20 hours on the volcano wandering around with my camera,” he says. “It’s famous for this molten sulfur which vents out of the bottom of the crater as gas. Basically, it’s this huge toxic plume of yellow cloud, and you can’t breathe in it, so I had to wear a respirator and goggles. When it ignites, it burns with a blue flame, so you have to wait until it gets dark before you actually see it.”

Then there was the time the couple spent Christmas Day in the freezing fields of remote Utah so Reuben could capture the 1,500-foot-long (457-meter) “Spiral Jetty” by land artist Robert Smithson.

“It was a strangely magical place, frequented by … well, it was just us and these wild horses wandering around,” he remembers. “Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love people. But in order for me to get into a creative flow, I have to be by myself.”

It’s the same when he’s composing music, whether it be a solo piece or something with Ladytron (which has plans to release a new album later this year). His many disciplines bleed in and out of one another in his mind. Music and images are, for Reuben, separate entities hopelessly tangled.

“I do see photo, video and music as three essential parts of one thing,” he explains. “I’ve always composed music with visuals in mind regardless of whether I need to. I always visualize, ‘Oh this could be a scene from a film,’ and it’s the same when I’m taking photographs. I instinctively imagine music soundtracking that.”

That tendency has expanded into a full-time occupation. Reuben spends most of his time now filming his own short clips and scoring them, an act of expression he calls both “liberating” but also “quite stressful.”

Kind of like walking inside a poisonous volcano.

––Kat Bein for Instagram @music

To see more of Reuben’s photography, check out @itsreuben on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

(This interview was conducted in French.)

Each one of us has obsessions, and Ludovic Maillard’s (@ludovicmaillard) is concrete. “Concrete creates extremely uncluttered and raw architecture,” the Parisian photographer says. “This material has an incredible texture which has fascinated me for a long time.” Ludovic began photographing the Boulevard Périphérique in Paris as part of a collaborative project; he spent months examining the complex concrete structure, traveling under the various bridges of the Parisian belt. “For me, concrete is our society’s kind of coral. It is modern civilization’s material, surely one of the most produced materials today. It frames our life in community and tells a lot about our environmental impact.”

To experience more of his photography, follow @ludovicmaillard on Instagram.

Music can define who you are and how you feel, but it also gives you inspiration on what to wear. For this month’s hashtag project, #MHPsoundandstyle, we’re looking for photos and videos celebrating the unique fashion of both performers and fans at festivals and concerts.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Look for the most eye-catching and unusual displays of style around you at the next concert you attend — bright colors, playful patterns, and eccentric hairdos and everything in between.
  • Take a candid shot of a musician onstage rocking out in a vibrant costume, or pose a portrait of a fellow fan with a striking look.
  • If at home, try re-creating a famous outfit from a musician known for their unconventional attire — or get your friends together to dress up as your favorite band.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #MHPsoundandstyle hashtag only to photos and videos taken this month and only submit your own. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged visual taken this month is eligible to be featured.

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.

The goal this weekend is to look for patterns in your surroundings, both naturally occurring and man-made. Here’s how to get started:

  • Focus on highlighting the repetition of identifiable shapes in your scene.
  • Look for patterns large and small in scale — whether zooming in close to the subtle lines on a flower petal or photographing the smokestacks of an industrial site from a distance.
  • Try using video to capture moving patterns — like a line of ants marching in unison through your backyard.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPpatterns 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 next week.

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 every week announcing the latest project.

#WHPpatterns asked community members to look for patterns in their surroundings, both naturally occurring and man-made. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

For a guy with so many big-kid toys at his disposal, the two things Adam Savage (@therealadamsavage) can’t live without are deceptively simple. “A pencil and a Leatherman,” he says. “With those two things I can rebuild society!” As the co-host of the popular series MythBusters, which aired its final show a few weeks ago, Adam spent the last 12 years building and blowing up and debunking, all in the name of science. Growing up, his bohemian parents — dad directed animation spots for Sesame Street — encouraged his insatiable curiosity and intricate Lego constructions. However, “I never self-identified as a science kind of guy,” says Adam, taking a break from prepping his costume for this weekend’s Silicon Valley Comic Con. “But the two teachers who inspired me the most were science teachers who were both willing to say, ‘I don’t know.’” That inquisitiveness propelled many of the MythBusters experiments, including his personal favorite: dimpling a car like a golf ball and getting 11 percent better mileage than one with a smooth finish. “That was astounding,” he marvels. “Nobody was more surprised than us.”

To see more of Adam’s adventures, follow @therealadamsavageon Instagram. To explore more from Silicon Valley Comic Con, check out #SVCC.

Giant wooden puppets, over-the-top gowns and a deafening storm of fire and gunpowder: welcome to Fallas, one of the biggest festivals in Spain, taking place this week in the Mediterranean city of Valencia. “There is smoke all over the streets from the fireworks,” Valencian student and Fallas lover Juan Carlos Ruiz (@jcarumu) says. “Thousands dance to the music of bands playing in every corner and stop at the traditional food stalls offering paella and churros con chocolate, a must during Fallas.” Local artisans spend months building the satiric ninots, puppets made of wood and papier-mâché that rise up to 98 feet (30 meters) tall. They will end up in flames during the night of La Cremà (which translates as “the burning”) to pay homage to the fire while welcoming the spring. “This is my favorite moment. It’s such a magical night,” Juan Carlos says. “The city is covered by the light of fireworks and flames.” #Fallas2016

To see more of Juan Carlos’ photography, follow @jcarumu on Instagram. Discover inspiring moments from the festival in Valencia, Spain, by exploring #Fallas2016.

For Asmita Parelkar (@asmitaparelkar), photographing quiet, everyday scenes is a way of reminding herself — and us — that stillness and calm still matter. “So many of us are constantly busy these days,” Asmita says, “it’s easy to get caught up in the energy of a place like Mumbai, where I live. Finding moments where everything is still, or an animal is being itself, or sunlight hits a building and transforms it — for me, trying to capture that is almost like meditation.” Ultimately, Asmita finds inspiration for her work in the same place that people have always found relief from urban stress: the natural world. “Even if it’s just photographing a tree outside my window or a dog or cat in a pool of light on a sidewalk, I can get energy from that brief interaction.”

To see more of Asmita’s photography, follow @asmitaparelkar on Instagram.

(This interview was originally conducted in Spanish.)

Photographer Diego Huerta (@diegohuertaphoto) has a gift: “I know it may sound like a fantasy, but when I look at the people’s eyes, that’s when I know they are the right person to photograph,” he says. Diego was born and raised in Mexico and currently lives and works as a photographer in Austin, Texas, but every year he travels to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. There, he finds stories in the eyes of the Zapotec people, whose customs have endured for centuries — like these proud feather dancers at Zaachila, an archeological site where the old Zapotec Empire once stood. “One day, as I was walking in the streets, I listened to the noise of drums. As I got closer, I could feel the buzz of people gathering around a house. And then I found these dancers in the patio,” he explains. “As a commercial photographer, that kind of human connection makes me keep my feet on the ground,” Diego says.

To see more of his photography, check out @diegohuertaphoto on Instagram. For more stories from the Spanish-speaking community, follow @instagramES on Instagram.

Amanda Bates (@tinypies) is proof that a sweet and small idea can become a big deal. Amanda was newly divorced and underwhelmed at work when her 9-year-old son asked to take pie to school. “My mom and I played around with recipes and came up with our signature style,” she says. The mother and daughter duo started selling handheld pies at a local farmers market five years ago; now, her shop is a staple in her hometown of Austin, Texas. On March 14, the Tiny Pies shop feels like a #PiDay party. “It’s the most fun day in the store,” Amanda says. “Everyone’s celebrating.”

To see more of their sweet treats, follow @tinypies on Instagram. To check out more Pi Day celebrations from around the community, explore #PiDay.

Worldwide InstaMeet 13 is coming up! Join tens of thousands of people in every corner of the world the weekend of April 22-24 to explore, share photographic tips and tricks, and take photos and videos together.

And since Worldwide InstaMeet 13 falls on Earth Day (April 22), spend the weekend celebrating the wonder and beauty of our planet together. This event is also an opportunity to get together and give back. For those inspired to include a public service element to their InstaMeet, use the #LifeOnEarthWWIM13hashtag to share and explore the many ways the Instagram community gives back during the weekend.

Want to organize a WWIM13 InstaMeet? Let us know so we can share your InstaMeet with other Instagrammers in your area!

To learn more about InstaMeets and to connect with local Instagrammers, visitcommunity.instagram.com.

Join World Wide Instameet in Jaipur #WWIM13Jaipur Follow @IGersJaipur

The goal this weekend is to create optical illusions by playing with perspective and scale in your photos and videos. Here’s how to get started:

  • Focus on making visuals that depict seemingly impossible situations — like your own hand picking up a skyscraper, or the sun resting atop a friend’s head.
  • Shoot from a variety of perspectives so objects appear smaller or larger in your images than in real life. For example, make a toy action figure look life-size by shooting it from close-up and at a low angle.
  • Place objects on different planes in your frame to warp the sense of scale. Keep in mind that whatever’s in the foreground of your picture will appear the largest.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPeyetricks 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 next week.

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 every week announcing the latest project.

For Alya Galinovskaya (@mimi_brune), hospitality is a way of life. She works by day in the industry, managing a St. Petersburg hotel, and in her free time, she loves to nest at home, cooking for friends and family while filling every nook with something green. “I will probably never abandon my dream of having a huge garden where I could be spending my entire life digging, planting, growing, tying up and feeding up the flowers,” Alya explains. “Dotting flowers all over my home makes it alive.” For Alya, photography offers unexpected and magical moments: “The whole process of creating a unique microcosm within the photo frame — that’s what gives me goose bumps and leaves no words to describe the feelings.”

To see more of Alya’s photos, check out @mimi_brune on Instagram.

Nail artist Naomi Yasuda (@naominailsnyc) moved to New York from Japan eight years ago to learn the most cutting-edge techniques. The big surprise? Nail art hadn’t caught on in the US. “Nobody was doing what I was doing in New York at the time,” Naomi says. Soon, her disappointment shifted to excitement — she recognized an opportunity. “At first, I did have some struggles as I couldn’t speak any English and I didn’t know anybody. I printed posters and flyers and went all over the city putting them up.” Today, partially thanks to Naomi, nail art is no longer uncommon, but she continues to elevate it to uncommon levels. For the Kenzo (@kenzo) show at Paris Fashion Week this season – Naomi’s seventh time working with them – she designed the lavender nails with tiger prints and blue nails with tiny irises. “Humberto and Carol, the designers, give me complete creative freedom,” says Naomi, who once did Blue Velvet nails for a David Lynch-inspired Kenzo show. “They are always open to my crazy ideas.”

To see more of Naomi’s nail art, follow @naominailsnyc on Instagram.