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Twisting and Tumbling with Parkour Athlete @pashatheboss

To see more photos and videos of Pasha’s parkour moves all around the world, follow @pashatheboss on Instagram.

“You have to understand I trained for this for nine years,” says Latvian parkour athlete Pasha Petkuns (@pashatheboss). “If you see my videos on Instagram, don’t try to repeat them straightaway.”

Pasha was inspired by watching online videos of parkour, a form of street gymnastics. “It’s a pretty cheap sport. All you need is your shoes.” But parkour can be dangerous and requires extraordinary discipline and physical strength. “I never get serious injuries because I practice everything step-by-step and do physical strength training.”

“If you want to start, start slowly,” Pasha says. “Gymnastics gyms are great for beginners because everything is soft and safe.”

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Bleak and Dark New York City through the Eyes of @d_belov

For more bleak and dark shots from the streets of New York, follow @d_belov on Instagram.

“Everyday I find special moments happening on the streets of New York—a photo shoot for ‘Batman’ on the Brooklyn Bridge, or a movie set on Fifth Avenue. Even on bleak days I could show the dynamic life in the city. These things all inspire me,” says Instagrammer Dmitry Belov (@d_belov) who moved from Volgograd, Russia to New York six months ago. “I see New York through the movement of people, cars, and events. The roads of New York are mysterious, and they mesmerize me.”

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Creating Leaf Art with @143roy

For more photos and videos of Roy’s leaf art, follow @143roy on Instagram.

“I grew up in a place where most houses have their own mango, guava or other fruit-bearing trees in their backyards,” says Philippines Instagrammer Roy Mallari (@143roy). “We have a mango tree and an avocado tree that I planted myself, and the materials for my leaf art mainly come from this avocado tree.”

Inspired by other Instagrammers like Red Hongyi @redhongyi who create and share their original artwork on Instagram, Roy also began exploring his creativity by taking household objects and arranging them into his drawings and designs. Besides avocado leaves, he likes to use flowers, twigs, stones and and even leftover egg shells from breakfast.

“Leaf art is a result of my wide imagination, where I can create art from the simplest things that often go unnoticed,” explains Roy. “It brings out the real me, as it allows me to pursue what my heart desires the most—which is art.”

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Line Portraits from a Young Artist with @oxtlxnes

For more bold, minimalist faces drawn by Hayley, follow @oxtlxnes on Instagram

In her spare time after school, 16-year-old Hayley Connolly (@oxtlxnes) draws portraits of her Instagram followers.

“I usually draw based on requests, but sometimes I will draw my idols, like Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne),” says Hayley, who lives in northeast England. “My illustrations are mostly portraits, so they are all about the facial features. I try to make them a mixture of realistic and non-realistic, and I love to make them look almost cartoon-like.”

Hayley’s inspiration comes from looking at Instagram accounts from other teen artists, whose work she wishes was more visible in larger artistic communities.

“I think it is really important to see art made from teens. We haven’t made our life choices yet, so we’re looking at the world in many different ways,” she says. “We’re really in the height of our creativity because we are growing up.”

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The Mysterious and Melancholy Resin Figurines of @doubleparlour

To see more of Cassie and Ernie’s figurines come to life, follow @doubleparlour on Instagram.

“We like our characters to look as if they have a past that they may or may not be willing to share,” explains Ernie Velasco. He and his wife Cassie make up the San Francisco, California, artistic duo Doubleparlour (@doubleparlour). Their figurines, which radiate a mysterious sadness, are hand-sculpted from resin.

“We spend a lot of time discussing ideas and bouncing them off of each other,” explains Ernie. The two have a similar aesthetic, however, which aids the creative process. “We both like our characters to display personalities that are melancholy, dark, contemplative or mischievous.”

While Cassie and Ernie endow their creations with rich character, they hold back from illustrating any particular figure’s story. Ernie says, “We like to leave that up to the viewer.”

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Autumn Life in the Russian Countryside with @edgy_frog

To see more photo’s of Yulia’s country life, follow @edgy_frog on Instagram

“Spending time in my countryside house, ‘dacha,’ is always special for me, especially in autumn. It is sad that we can not capture the smell of autumn leaves or fallen apples on the ground in photography,” says Instagrammer Yulia Tepaeva (@edgy_frog) from Vladimir, Russia. “I love the aesthetic of the north. A morning fog, swallows flying around a nest above my window, wheat in my hand. These small details help create a special mood in my photography,” Yulia says. Her love of country life is visible throughout her Instagram feed. “I run through the wind in the forest, and in every type of weather, just to capture the perfect image. My phone and its battery always give up before I do.”

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The Sound of Silence with @mentaylunares

For more images of Paula’s photographic soundtrack, follow @mentaylunares on Instagram.

Clarinetist Paula Amenta (@mentaylunares) from Mar del Plata, Argentina has always enjoyed capturing silence, in both her music and her photographs. “My favorite moment at concerts is the silence before the music begins,” she says. “I love the anticipation and the quietness which suggests so many things.”

Paula is also inspired by album covers. “They are as important as the music they contain,” she says. “My boyfriend is a musician and is recording an album, so I’m always shooting photographs which could become album covers.”

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Collecting ‘Battle Art’ from Young Illustrators with @secretwalls

For more disruptive art from Secret Walls battles at TEDxTeen, New York Comic-Con and other events around the world, follow @secretwalls and browse the #secretwalls hashtag on Instagram.

Terry Guy (@secretwalls) felt frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young artists in London, UK, so he decided to create a better, cooler way to showcase their work: illustration battles. Eight years later, the competitions—where artists draw against each other in front of a live audience—are part of an international movement called “Secret Walls.”

“The concept was inspired by some of my interests: comics, movies like ‘Fight Club,’ live art and graffiti,” says Terry. “It started out as 16 street artists. We never intended for the event to go global, but it did, quickly, because of social media.”

Participants are encouraged to experiment with different themes and styles, with only two restrictions: the piece must be completed during a 90-minute time frame, and the illustrator must use a monochromatic palette. Photos of the finished products are shared on the Secret Walls Instagram account, where credits range from amateurs to well-known artists from over 25 countries.

“Some artists end up battling aggressively with visual attacks on each other, while others just do their own thing and paint a beautiful mural,” says Terry. “At the end of the day, the mission of Secret Walls is to paint the whole world black and white, one pot of paint at a time.”

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Inside the Woodworker’s Workshop with @mokkouyamagen

For more photos and videos from Genki’s workshop, follow @mokkouyamagen on Instagram.

“The beautiful texture and grain of wood cannot be made by human hands,” says woodworker Genki Nishiyama (@mokkouyamagen) of Yokohama, Japan. Genki, who worked at a furniture factory for nearly 10 years, turned a worn-down warehouse into his own workshop to become an independent furniture maker and delve deeper into the craft.

“Solid wood continues to expand and contract with humidity, even after they are made into furniture,” Genki explains of the challenges he faces. “In a country like Japan where the four seasons bring rapid changes in the atmosphere, you really have to anticipate the arching movements of the wood in order to prevent the furniture from breaking.”

On Instagram, Genki likes to document not only the end products but also the tools and environment inside the workshop. “The heart and artistry of many people go into a product when it’s being made, and I think people will enjoy exploring that creation process.”

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German Landscapes Through the Lens of a Young Artist with @obimann

For more of Jannik’s bewitching photography from Munich and its countryside, follow @obimann and @jannikobenhoff on Instagram.

On first glance, the landscape photography of Jannik Obenhoff (@obimann) looks like it belongs to a professionally trained artist—not a ninth grader who divides the rest of his after-school time between soccer and guitar. But if you ask the 14-year-old from Munich, Germany, his age is part of what makes his work so special.

“In my opinion, teen photographers share a different perspective of the world,” he says.

Jannik began exploring photography as a hobby for the first time last year, and starting an Instagram account came hand-in-hand with learning the craft. He wanted to find and get feedback from other young photographers who explored similar themes in their art.

“My favorite kinds of photos to take are landscapes: a lake in the mountains with a beautiful reflection and some fog,” he says. “I always say: ‘If you won’t go out and explore, you won’t see how beautiful nature can be.’”