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“I try to design my videos like a card trick. I want you to know there’s some trickery going on, but I’ll make it as difficult as possible for you to spot where it’s happening,” says visual effects artist and stop-motion animator Kevin Parry (@kevinbparry). “My absolutely favorite part about this video is seeing people pour over the little details and debate how it was done,” he says. “I love hearing theories that are completely wrong!”⁣

Do you believe in magic? ✨ #ThisWeekOnInstagram we are showcasing the art of illusion. Who are your favorite illusionists?⁣

Video by @kevinbparry

 


instagram Cappadocia Turkey

#HelloFrom Cappadocia, Turkey, a surreal landscape of rock formations — sometimes called fairy chimneys — that have been sculpted by volcanoes, wind, rain and ice over many millions of years. “Since I had already seen hundreds of photos of hot air balloons in Cappadocia before, my eyes automatically searched for something different,” says photographer and content creator Helin Bereket (@helinbereket), who took this photo from a hot air balloon. “Then, there it was: vintage cars in an almost otherworldly landscape. It looked like a scene from a movie.” Photo by @helinbereket

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Natalie Glaze and Zanna van Dijk met because of Instagram. Today, they’re the #founders of Stay Wild Swim (@staywildswim), a sustainable swimwear brand designed and stitched in London.
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The pair’s deep connection to sustainability and the ocean inspired them to start the company together. But neither had a formal background in fashion. “For us, there was so much bliss in the naiveté of just beginning our business,” explains Zanna. “We started out not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into and gave it a go — and the next thing you know, we’re in up to our necks.” 🌊✨ In our limited series #founders, we’re sharing the stories of amazing small business owners from all over the world. A new episode will be available every Saturday until Christmas. To see even more #founders stories, check out @instagramforbusiness

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Natalie Glaze and Zanna van Dijk met because of Instagram. Today, they’re the #founders of Stay Wild Swim (@staywildswim), a sustainable swimwear brand designed and stitched in London.
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The pair’s deep connection to sustainability and the ocean inspired them to start the company together. But neither had a formal background in fashion. “For us, there was so much bliss in the naiveté of just beginning our business,” explains Zanna. “We started out not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into and gave it a go — and the next thing you know, we’re in up to our necks.” To see even more #founders stories, check out @instagramforbusiness

 


instagram Tooele, Utah

Pig in a blanket. 🐽 On today’s #WeeklyFluff, it’s snuggle time with Millie the mini piggy (@milliethelittlepiggy).⁣

Video by @milliethelittlepiggy

 


instagram Los Angeles, California

Victoria Garrick (@victoriagarrick) is no stranger to finding balance in the face of pressure. As a public speaker, content creator and former student athlete, she speaks openly about the real pressures of social comparison. “The pressure to be perfect stems from a societal belief that perfection is the only way to be good enough,” says Victoria. “I tried to attain these unrealistic standards of beauty, get straight As in school, become a star athlete and constantly seem happy. I was so consumed with portraying a perfect image and pretty Instagram aesthetic that I lost sight of what it meant to be me,” she says. “When I finally realized I was living for likes and validation from others online, I wanted to find a way to get back to being real and authentic.”⁣

Instagram partnered with the Jed Foundation (@jedfoundation) to create a toolkit addressing the Pressure to be Perfect, recognizing that what you see posted by others is just one part of their story. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about how to make your time on Instagram be positive, inspiring and intentional.

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Iconic fashion. Celine Dion (@celinedion). Over-the-top music videos. The ‘90s are back and we created a gift guide that’s peak nostalgia. Shop with your ❤️ on Instagram.⁣

Tap on the link in our bio to see the full gift guide.

 


instagram Brooklyn, New York

Artist Mischelle Moy’s (@lilmisch) digital compositions = portals to another dimension. “I’ve always been drawn to the odd and otherworldly, whether archaeological findings or discoveries of life on other planets,” she says. “These ‘plant holders’ are very special to me, because they combine both a paradisal sunset vibe with an extraterrestrial sense of existence that is illustrated (mostly separately) throughout my work.” #ThisWeekOnInstagram

Photo illustration by @lilmisch

instagram Madrid, Spain

Mexican photographer Paloma Rincón (@paloma_rincon_) uses bold colors and unexpected juxtapositions to create images at the intersection of photography and sculpture. “I love the exploration process and how ideas can develop once you get your hands on them,” she says of her surreal still-life work, which is directly captured in camera. #ThisWeekOnInstagram

Photo by @paloma_rincon_

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Color is CLEARLY Courtney Quinn’s (@colormecourtney) forte. 🌈 “I use color as my superpower,” says Courtney, who designed an Instagram holiday window outside of @goodmorningamerica’s studio in New York City’s Times Square. “It can make people feel happy, confident and push them outside their comfort zone. My main goal is to help people feel comfortable and confident with themselves while promoting positivity.”⁣

To learn more about Courtney, head to @creators — the place to learn more about what it takes to be a creator from the team at Instagram, and the amazing creators who inspire us every day. ⚡️⁣

Photo by @colormecourtney