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“Dancing and painting have the same creative energy,” says #WHPinthestudio guest curator Helen Downie (@unskilledworker) of this graceful leap set against a skate park in Boston by Smita Jacob (@hoggerandco). Helen also applauds the collaboration on display in this moment: “For the photographer, to capture it exactly at that point — a second later, she’s on the ground.”
Photo by @hoggerandco
A touch of magic in this #WHPinthestudio submission captivated guest curator Helen Downie (@unskilledworker). “She understands that behind an interesting piece of artwork is the mystery of how it’s done,” Helen says of Ruth Meharg’s (@ruthmeharg) abracadabra moment. “I love that you see some of the tools that she used, but she’s not showing you how it’s done.” The goal of #WHPinthestudio was to capture the places people go to be creative. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from this weekend. 
Video by @ruthmeharg
Trees ablaze, pointy hats and black cats — it’s the season of the witch, and Courtney Brooke Hall (@light_witch) could not be happier. “I’ve always dabbled in Wicca. I believe there’s something to be found when you tune into nature,” says the New England photographer and artist. “October is just this wonderful dance of decay, and Halloween is the moment when the sun is no longer ruling over the sky. You know you get to have a season of hibernating and a time to reflect coming up.” Courtney lives in a horse barn in the “middle of nowhere,” the perfect backdrop for her eerie, otherworldly compositions that often feature Courtney herself wearing sweeping capes as she slips into the forest.
Photo by @light_witch
A beach photo shoot becomes a pastel dreamscape in this image from Japan by @shiiki_studio. #TheWeekOnInstagram 
Photo by @shiiki_studio
“It is difficult to describe in words what kind of atmosphere prevails in the forest in the fog! Trees and rocks come to life and make the most unusual forms,” says 27-year-old Sergey Vital’evich (@sergey_vitalevich) of his visit to the Crimean Mountains. “Magic is all around us.” #TheWeekOnInstagram. 
Photo by @sergey_vitalevich
Every year, hundreds of doggies (and their humans) rocking clever and elaborate costumes gather in NYC’s Alphabet City neighborhood for the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. We’re on the ground to share some of the best get-ups — and sweetest pooches — from the event that’s celebrating its 26th year! Tap our profile pic to watch now. 🐶❤️🎃
At the water’s edge, a cat strikes the pose of a tiger stalking prey, only to find its own bright reflection looking back. Keisuke (@kei_tachibana1114) captured this moment in Aoshima Island, Japan, one of the country’s “cat islands.”
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram.
Photo by @kei_tachibana1114
While exploring Manisa, Turkey, by bike, Iranian documentary photographer Khashayar Javanmardi (@kjavanmardi) stopped to take in this dynamic scene at Atatürk Kent Park. “At first when I saw the network of ropes I thought it was a kind of sculpture or something,” says Khashayar. After closer inspection, he discovered people learning to climb in the web. #TheWeekOnInstagram 
Photo by @kjavanmardi
Wait a minute ... who’s pushing the swings in our #BoomerangOfTheWeek? 👻 As Josh Bailey (@ghostforestco) explored the winding trails and fall colors of a local park, he paused by this swingset. “I’m drawn towards motion, so I naturally look for that when I’m out and about,” the filmmaker from Portland, Oregon, said.

Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community.
#Boomerang by @ghostforestco
No #tinycanvas challenge is too great for nail artist Aki Hirayama (@aki_newnail.ny) — even if it involves creating portraits of pop stars or pop artists. “Recently someone asked me to paint all the different faces of Marilyn Monroe on their nails, an exact replica of Andy Warhol’s artwork,” says Aki, a manicurist who lives in New York. “It took four hours to complete.” Aki also loves the collaborative nature of each manicure. “I would love to do Mariah Carey’s nails someday,” she says. “She demands perfection and I would be up for it.”
Photo by @aki_newnail.ny
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPinthestudio
The goal of this weekend’s hashtag project is to photograph the places you or a fellow artist go to be creative. The project takes inspiration from London-based artist and guest curator Helen Downie (@unskilledworker), best known for her fashion-inspired portraits and paintings.
Here are Helen’s tips to get started:
Show off your unique studio space. “Concentrate on how important it is to have your own area — outside, inside, wherever, somewhere where you can just be,” says Helen. “I think that everybody needs that.”
Photograph artists working, focusing on how different locations inspire people differently. “I sit in one chair to sketch. And then I go upstairs to a very small room to paint. And it’s always the same,” Helen says. “It’s just habit.”
Experiment with Hyperlapse and Boomerang to capture the artistic process, whether a painting coming to life or behind the scenes of a photo shoot in video form.
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPinthestudio hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.
Photo by @unskilledworker
Baker Olivia Bogacki (@livforcake) turns to cozy, seasonal desserts every time Halloween rolls around. “I love pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg — all of these flavors say fall to me,” says Olivia, who is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Olivia was introduced to cake decorating in 2009 when she took a class at a local crafts store, and in 2014, she decided to continue her education by going to pastry school. “Cakes, for sure, are my favorite thing to do,” she says. “The most challenging part is that baking tends to be very precise, and I often have a vision of what I want the final product to look like. Most of the time it doesn’t get there and I want to redo it.” Her favorite part? When the cakes do live up to her standards, or even exceed them. Olivia will be celebrating this Halloween with horror movies, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and digging into a slice or two, of course, of cake.
Photo by @livforcake