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Meals from the Creative Mind of a Young Chef @sam_stern

For more photos and videos of Sam’s favorite dishes, follow @sam_stern on Instagram.

Sam Stern (@sam_stern) published his first cookbook when he was 14 years old, but the young British author has been cooking since before he can remember.

“I come from a large family with lots of taste preferences, so I was always in the kitchen helping out my mum,” he says. “I gradually moved from the little jobs to eventually taking over the kitchen.”

Now at 24 years old, Sam is practically a veteran chef, with six books under his belt and another one on the way next year. But he uses Instagram to share a different, more personal display of recipes: the meals he makes at home, for his family and friends.

“I like to imagine the possibilities of various taste combinations, trying out new ingredients and timings,” he says. “If it starts in my imagination then triumphs on the plate—that is the ultimate rush for me.”

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbwlandscapes

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 announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to capture beautiful black and white landscapes. Some tips to get you started:

  • When shooting landscapes, aim to include visual elements that will make your composition dynamic. In addition to a beautiful backdrop, look for interesting foreground objects and leading lines that draw your eye deeper into the photo.
  • Try to visualize your photograph in black and white before you take it. Scope out scenes that have both bright and dark areas, as this will create a strong contrast in your final result.
  • To make your photo black and white, try the Willow and Inkwell filters. For a different effect, try applying any of your favorite filters then taking the saturation all the way to zero.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPbwlandscapes hashtag to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any tagged image taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.

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Between Dream and Life with @iamlubi and @iamfubi

To see more photos and videos from Lubi and Fubi’s colorful carioca life, follow @iamlubi and @iamfubi on Instagram.

Rio de Janeiro illustrator Luiza Bione’s (@iamlubi) portraits of herself as a colorful character named Lubi blur the line between daydreams and reality. Luiza has been documenting her life through colorful illustrations for as long as she can remember. As a small child she created a cartoon version of herself called Lubi and has been illustrating herself for the past 18 years. “Through illustration, even bad moments—like waking up with a bad hair day or sitting in traffic for hours—become funny. Drawing also makes virtually any scenario possible: if Lubi wants to visit the moon she can.” Luiza began using Instagram after her boyfriend Paulo Delvalle (@paulodelvalle) suggested it might be the perfect way to really bring Lubi to life, telling her story as if she were a real person. “Last year on Valentine’s day, Paulo made me a card asking me to be his girlfriend. He created an illustrated version of himself called Fubi, and that’s how (@iamfubi) was born. Since then, I’ve been drawing Lubi and Fubi based on our lives as well as all the things we dream of doing.”

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Embroidering Nature’s Patterns with @meredithwoolnough

To see more of Meredith’s nature-inspired creations, follow @meredithwoolnough on Instagram.

“I have been collecting skeletonized leaves for as long as I can remember,” explains Australian artist Meredith Woolnough (@meredithwoolnough), whose elaborate embroideries mimic coral, leaves and other forms from nature. “I have always found inspiration in the natural world.”

Meredith’s particular method of embroidery is well-suited for patterns inspired by nature. “I work with a unique technique that allows me to create embroidered structures that exist without a base cloth. It’s not your typical embroidery.”

A near perfect Scribbly gum leaf Meredith found inspired her largest work to date. “I mapped out the internal structure of the leaf and translated the design into a dense network of stitches,” she says. “It took me months to complete and it almost sent me mad, but I am so happy with how it turned out.”

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Behind the Scenes at New York Fashion Week

To see more behind-the-scenes moments from New York Fashion Week, follow @landonnordeman and explore the #nyfw hashtag.

At New York Fashion Week (#nyfw), photo editors turned to Instagrammers to interpret the collections in unexpected ways. Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) featured haunting photos by Richie Talboy (@okrichie) and Lucas Lefler (@lucas_lefler) of empty runway sets just before the shows started. W Magazine (@wmag) asked Olivia Locher (@olivialocher) to capture the beauty transformations models make backstage. And New York Magazine’s The Cut (@thecut) sent Landon Nordeman (@landonnordeman) to shows to shoot bold photos reminiscent of Martin Parr or Guy Bourdin. “I’m motivated by the non-moments, colors, gestures and juxtapositions that pulse inside the high-paced chaos of the catwalks and all that surrounds them,” Landon says. “The only hard part, really, is keeping up.”

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Finding Quiet Moments on Local Farms with @wings_of_tin

For more lush portraits of life on small farms, follow @wings_of_tin on Instagram.

“Farming is the dedication of your life to the stewardship of plants from seed to harvest, for better or for worse, in good weather or bad, through pest and disease, at all hours,” says Nikki Seibert (@wings_of_tin). “All of this back-breaking and often heart-wrenching work is done to provide food for family, friends and neighbors.”

Nikki spends almost every day working with local farms in Charleston, South Carolina, where she runs a sustainable agriculture program for organic farmers.

“I’m a ‘farmer of farmers’,” she jokes. “A childhood filled with outdoor adventures, hardworking parents, and countless hours spent building, growing and fixing things created the trifecta for me to end up in a career in agriculture.”

Nikki uses Instagram to showcase her favorite colorful crops and the green, flourishing landscapes of the farmlands she visits.

“I hope my pictures show how important it is to support the people and places that make your community unique,” she says. “Also, how much I love playing in the dirt.”

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#LocalLens: Documenting the Forgotten Scenes of Sydney

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To see more photos and videos from Vinh’s explorations around Sydney, follow @vinhphams on Instagram.

“I love capturing the scenes of Sydney that have been forgotten, whether it be new or old,” says Sydney Instagrammer Vinh Pham (@vinhphams) for this month’s edition of #LocalLens. An avid participant of local InstaMeets, Vinh often goes out on photo-walks with fellow Instagrammers he met through meet-ups, looking for interesting angles of the city and its people.

“This photo was taken at an abandoned tire factory called the Dunlop Slazenger Factory,” explains Vinh about one of his photos. “I framed the image upside down, because I wanted to capture a different perspective of my subject,” he adds. Other spots he likes to shoot include the rarely used staircases at Redfern Station, a pathway running alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge at a quiet time of the day and an empty section of the campus at University of Technology, Sydney. “I view Sydney as an unexplored playground, which I embrace through my photographic adventures.”

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Photographing across India with @khannachandan

To see more scenes from Chandan Khanna’s journey across India, follow @khannachandan on Instagram.

“I enrolled in a Business Administration course in Delhi,” says Delhi-based Instagrammer Chandan Khanna (@khannachandan), “but could not finish it as my passion was always photography.”

Chandan instead became a photojournalist, traveling across his home country of India and sharing his journey on Instagram. “The uniqueness in inanimate objects differentiates one place from another,” he explains, “but the people remain the same, their hopes and despairs remain the same.”

Chandan credits technology for creating a new generation of Indian photographers. “We have plenty of gigabytes to fill in, now we can experiment more than the photographers could earlier,” he says. “We could research more, explore more, see whatever is happening in the world without even moving our head sometimes.”

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Exploring the Abandoned “Plague Fort” in Kronstadt, Russia

For more photos and videos from Fort Alexander I, explore the Форт «Император Александр I» (Чумной) location page.

In the Gulf of Finland, a tiny fortified island sits quietly off the coast of Kronstadt, Russia. The Russian military constructed Fort Alexander I in 1845 as a way to guard the waters near Saint Petersburg. Although the fort played a key role in resisting military tensions of the time, it was never used in actual battles. By the late 1800s, the entire island was handed over to the Imperial Institute of Experimental Medicine (currently known as the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), who then converted the fort into a research laboratory for plague and other bacterial diseases. Known as the “Plague Fort,” the facility is currently preserved as a public sightseeing destination that provides mysterious, abandoned spaces to capture by visiting and local Instagrammers alike.

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Announcing Worldwide InstaMeet 10: October 4-5

For more information on how to find a #WWIM10 InstaMeet near you, visit our new Community site. Check out our Behind the InstaMeet series for practical tips on organizing a meet-up of your own!

On the weekend of October 4-5, join fellow Instagrammers around the world to celebrate #WWIM10, the 10th Worldwide InstaMeet. Gareth Pon (@garethpon), a filmmaker and photographer from Johannesburg, South Africa, started organizing InstaMeets in 2012 as “a fun way to discover the city and sneak into some unique places.”

“It became an awesome way to meet people and explore the common passion of photography,” he says. “The most special thing is being able to see people from so many different walks of life coming together and either discovering their creativity (that they never knew they had) or expressing their creativity among friends who share a common passion.”

Here are Gareth’s top tips for creating a great InstaMeet:

  • “Scout for good locations: People love exploring new places and the more photo opportunities the better!
  • Consider the time of day: We try always organize InstaMeets during “magic hour” for the best light.
  • “Create something shareable: I’ll always make what we call an ‘infogram’ to let everyone know there is a meet. The infogram usually has an image of the location with overlaid text of the location, time, date and hashtag. I then write up a short caption and add them temporarily to a blog post for anyone to download and post. That way people can easily spread the news about the InstaMeet.”
  • “Capture your InstaMeet: Besides always smiling and being friendly, I highly recommend documenting your InstaMeets. I try to capture the vibe of the meet in a little film or highlights video to extend the experience and I can use these videos as ways to promote future instameets.”