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Photo by @pugventurephoto
If you think pugs don&amprsquot have a sense of adventure today&amprsquos #WeeklyFluff Mack @pugventurephoto will prove you wrong. 🐾 🏔
&ampldquoI&amprsquod heard pugs weren&amprsquot great with athletic endeavors but Mack has such boundless energy&amprdquo says Nate Rogers Mack&amprsquos go-to travel companion. The call of the wild has taken Mack from the Sawtooth mountains in Idaho down to the Mojave Desert in California &ampmdash and to plenty of mud caves slot canyons and national forests in between.
Follow Mack into more epic territories today on our IGTV channel..

Photo by @pugventurephoto If you think pugs don&am ...

Photo by @yannisdavy
For 23-year-old photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga @yannisdavy the s green yellow and blue take him back to where he grew up Libreville Gabon. Through his lens the s of Africa and its diaspora shine.
&ampldquoThe affinity for strong s is tied to my desire to re-create the s I remember seeing growing up in Gabon&amprdquo says Yannis who was born in France then grew up in Gabon before moving to Montr&ampeacuteal Canada where he resides now. &ampldquoI am greatly inspired by the diversity of African cultures and identities both on the continent and its diaspora.&amprdquo
See more of his vibrant portraits today on our story..

Photo by @yannisdavy For 23-year-old photographer ...

Photo illustration by @pattymaher
Graphic designer Patty Maher @pattymaher created a photo collage where a self-portrait taken in her front yard in Caledon Ontario was transported to another time &ampndash more specifically summer in the 1960s. &ampldquoThis photo was definitely inspired by summer which I am missing in the middle of winter&amprdquo Patty says. &ampldquoPlus polka dots.&amprdquo #WHPinspiredby.

Photo illustration by @pattymaher Graphic designer ...

Photo by @kimothyolsen
When the weather is gloomy go indoors to find some . That&amprsquos what living in Oslo Norway has taught writer Kim Andr&ampeacute Olsen @kimothyolsen. &ampldquoThese dark January days in Norway make me yearn for more s and for springtime&amprdquo Kim says. To combat the winter blues he drew inspiration from Carmen Miranda a star known for wearing fruit on her head and William Tell who according to folklore shot an arrow through an apple on his son&amprsquos head. 😬 #WHPinspiredby.

Photo by @kimothyolsen When the weather is gloomy ...

Photo by @ruthiebarone
Dreamy cloudscape one day. ☁️
Dramatic glitter bursts the next. ✨
If you want to know how Ruthie Barone @ruthiebarone is feeling on any given day take a look at her eyes. Since 2015 the Brooklyn-based makeup artist has been using her eyelids as her canvas allowing her emotions to guide the paintbrush. &ampldquoCreating art on my eyes allows me to express myself and work through my emotions. I just go by my gut and whatever I feel&amprdquo Ruthie says.
Like emotions makeup is temporary and can change in the blink of an eye. Ruthie finds freedom in that. &ampldquoI can wipe off a whole look in an instant or destroy it with a few drops of foundation&amprdquo she says. &ampldquoIt feels free and fluid.&amprdquo
See more of Ruthie&amprsquos ever-changing l👀ks today on our story..

Photo by @ruthiebarone Dreamy cloudscape one day. ...

Photo by @aleah_michele
Photographer Aleah Michele Ford @aleah_michele combines repurposed objects vintage costumes and stage props to create fascinating original images. &ampldquoMy mind is like a little inspiration library I&amprsquom constantly pulling tidbits from here or there&amprdquo Aleah says. For this photo Aleah had two reference points Michelangelo&amprsquos stoic statues and the Italian circus costumes of the 17th century. &ampldquoThey&amprsquore two very dissimilar things but somehow work together visually&amprdquo says Aleah. #WHPinspiredby.

Photo by @aleah_michele Photographer Aleah Michele ...

play_circle_filled Video by @helenbreznik
&ampldquoIt&amprsquos just me with some flowers in my hair and a red and white shirt. A few simple props and careful posing. That&amprsquos it&amprdquo says photographer Helen Breznik @helenbreznik. The photographer from Toronto translated Frida Kahlo&amprsquos vibe to the digital age with a moving image. &ampldquoThe motion of her applying brushstrokes to this invisible canvas actually sets her own image into motion&amprdquo says Helen. &ampldquoShe is painting but also being painted. She is wiped away but then flows back.&amprdquo #WHPinspiredby.

Video by @helenbreznik &ldquoIt&rsquos just ...

Photo by @anniset and @drcuerda
Creative duo from Valencia Spain Anna Dev&ampiacutes Benet @anniset and Daniel Rueda Cuerda @drcuerda set out to create a photo that could be mistaken for a surreal painting by Ren&ampeacute Magritte. 🍏☂️ &ampldquoMagritte&amprsquos universe is such a fun place to visit. He could take something ordinary and turn it into something completely different with his paintings&amprdquo Anna says.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend&amprsquos hashtag project #WHPinspiredby..

Photo by @anniset and @drcuerda Creative duo from ...

play_circle_filled Video by @lucasadverse
Lucas Adverse @lucasadverse has been juggling for six years and playing the Japanese game kendama &ampmdash in which players perform tricks using cups a spike a ball and string &ampmdash for just two. &ampldquoJuggling and kendama are great for the body and mind&amprdquo says 24-year-old Lucas. &ampldquoThey train muscles and improve reflexes coordination balance concentration everything.&amprdquo
Growing up in Brazil he now lives in Vancouver B.C. Lucas was not great at &ampldquofutebol&amprdquo &ampmdash the only sport anyone wanted to play. But juggling and kendama have made him better &ampldquoat all sports including soccer.&amprdquo
Ultimately Lucas aims to bridge what he calls the &ampldquotwo distinct cultures&amprdquo of juggling and kendama. Few jugglers play kendama he says and kendama players would never call themselves jugglers. &ampldquoBut both of these arts are about creatively manipulating objects in the air they bring people together anyone can learn &ampmdash and they&amprsquore just really fun.&amprdquo
Check out today&amprsquos story and our IGTV channel to see Lucas in action..

Video by @lucasadverse Lucas Adverse @lucasadverse ...

Photo by @lylexox
For Lyle Reimer @lylexox the line between trash and treasure is blurry at best. The Vancouver British Columbia-based artist creates self-portraits that feel otherworldly but his technique is very down-to-earth reuse reduce rethink and upcycle. &ampldquoIt&amprsquos 100 percent found objects and recycled pieces&amprdquo says Lyle. &ampldquoEven if you see sequins or beads those are actually pieces that have been taken off of old garments.&amprdquo Lyle began turning found objects into facial sculptures five years ago. &ampldquoI love the pairing of literal garbage and junk with luxury together and creating a new language&amprdquo he says.
His appreciation for shape-shifting can be traced back to childhood craft time. &ampldquoOne day my mom made this peacock out of egg cartons&amprdquo he says. &ampldquoAnd I remember thinking to myself &amplsquoOh my gosh. My mom is like a magician.&amprsquo I saw the importance of taking something that had no value to it or no perceived value and giving it a new life.&amprdquo
Today on our story we meet some of Lyle&amprsquos creations. Tune in now to see more upcycled self-portraits..

Photo by @lylexox For Lyle Reimer @lylexox the lin ...

Photo by @closedeyegiraffe
For the past six years Marie McGrory has asked people around the world from all different walks of life to draw their own @closedeyegiraffe.🦒&amprdquoThere are only two rules you have to draw a giraffe and you have to keep your eyes closed&amprdquo says Marie who lives in NYC. This giraffe was drawn by Jeff Heimsath @jeffheimsath. &ampldquoIt&amprsquos just always a fun experience. It&amprsquos fun to watch people draw it. It&amprsquos fun to watch them react to it. I&amprsquom no art therapist so I can&amprsquot tell you what your giraffe &amplsquomeans&amprsquo but I can tell you that each one is so unique and so special.&amprdquo
Check out our IGTV channel to learn more about Marie&amprsquos #closedeyegiraffe project..

Photo by @closedeyegiraffe For the past six years ...

Featured photo by @goldfinchelson
Weekend Hashtag Project #WHPinspiredby
This weekend the challenge is to put your own spin on things that inspire you. For example make an old master painting really pop like Tracy Goldfinch Elson @goldfinchelson did in the featured image. Here are more tips
Modernize a classic. Take your source of inspiration &ampndash whether it&amprsquos a Renaissance painting or a dress from the 1960s &ampmdash and make it modern with touches straight out of present day.
Add a fresh perspective. Don&amprsquot copy and paste. Here&amprsquos your chance to remix and reimagine. Introduce selfies to the Wild West. Paint the pyramids with emoji. Defy outdated stereotypes from eras gone by.
Pay tribute. Think of the historical figures you most admire. Then use images and words to show your appreciation and showcase their influence today.
PROJECT RULES Please add the #WHPinspiredby hashtag only to photos and videos shared over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. By adding the #WHPinspiredby hashtag you consent to and grant Instagram all rights to repost your photo or video. If you include music in your video submissions please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video shared over the weekend with the #WHPinspiredby hashtag is eligible for the project and if selected to be featured next week..

Featured photo by @goldfinchelson Weekend Hashtag ...