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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.’”

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Feats of Incredible Strength and Flexibility with @rubberlegz

For more breakdance contortionism, follow @rubberlegz on Instagram.

Professional dancer Rauf Yasit (@rubberlegz) can stretch into such seemingly impossible shapes that you might think he has no bones in his body. His self-portraits on Instagram are called “Freezes” that he says require him to “click, run, and quickly get into the pose.” Some positions he can hold for only a few seconds, others for much longer. “With time you get to know your body,” he says. “You grow into it.”

The son of a folk dance teacher from Kurdistan who would make him perform traditional Kurdish dances at weddings, Rauf fell in love with breakdancing as a 12-year-old in Germany. His life as Rubber Legz began when an early back injury forced him to take a different approach, shifting his focus from acrobatics to flexibility. He started watching contortion videos and integrated elements of yoga into his breakdance moves. Rauf is now a full-time dancer with his stage group, Flying Steps, who are currently on tour in Germany. He’s also at work on a book that will feature his poses across the landscapes of Reykjavik, Iceland. He says he wants to “express pure and beautiful things” with his dancing and credits the Instagram community as a motivation for pushing the boundaries of his art—and flexibility.

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The Witches and Warlocks of Walpurgisnacht

To view more photos and videos from Walpurgisnacht, explore the Brocken location page and browse the #Walpurgisnacht hashtag.

Every year, six months from Halloween, spring festivals in Northern Europe are held to celebrate the eve of May Day. In Germany, the traditional Walpurgisnacht festival welcomes May 1 with witches and warlocks.

On Walpurgisnacht, or “Walpurgis Night” as it precedes the May Day feast of Saint Walpurgis, it is believed witches congregated for pagan ceremonies in places such as the Harz mountains in Schierke, Germany.

Today, adventurous Instagrammers and tourists make the journey up 1142 meters (3747 feet) to Brocken, where costumed revellers dance among bonfires at dawn. Elsewhere Walpurgis parties are held known as Tanz in den Mai, meaning “dancing into May”, followed by a four-day holiday in the country.

Similar witch festivals also take place on this night in Sweden (Valborgsmässoafton), Finland (Vappu), the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (pálení čarodějnic).