Video by @cobythecat “This video shows my softer side,” writes Coby (@cobythecat), a 2-year-old British shorthair cat. “I’m known to get a little sassy and strut my stuff. But behind all the fluff, I’ve got a big heart and lots of love to give.” 🌹 Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPwithlove.
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“Glitter against gloom” is how Indian fashion designer Ashish Gupta (@ashish) describes his colorful, sequined clothes. “Growing up in New Delhi, I always admired my mum’s silk saris and her collection of shoes,” says Ashish. “She had such great taste. It really made me appreciate fabrics and colors, and want to make beautiful outfits — I couldn’t imagine a more glamorous way of living.” After moving to London more than 20 years ago to complete a degree in fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design — and once having his entire portfolio of work stolen at a train station in Paris — Ashish first showed his collection at the 2004 London Fashion Week. He hasn’t stopped creating his “understated overstatement” designs since. “It feels scary, exciting, familiar, moving and inspiring,” says Ashish of showing at #LFW. “I never get used to it - every show feels as intense as the first time.” Watch our story to go behind the scenes with Ashish at his show in London. ✨
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Photo by @shaistadeen Photographer Shaista Deen (@shaistadeen) is giving the world the role model she wanted. “Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, I never saw any female hijabi photographers,” says the 22-year-old great-great-granddaughter of Indian immigrants. At age 14, she saved up for her first camera. With a bedroom desk lamp as her studio light and a stack of books as a tripod, she captured what was closest: her friends, her family and herself. “I was very different with regards to the way I saw myself back then,” she remembers. “I was depressed for a period of time as a teenager. Photography was one of the main things that helped me out of that. I was extremely insecure about myself, pessimistic and doubted my abilities a lot. After I was able to get past all of that, I wanted to help others do the same.” Now, she’s a university student (and freelance photographer) living in the UK, but Shaista misses her homeland — and the Caribbean sun. “I love my little island and I’m proud of where I’m from,” she says. Watch today’s story to learn more about Shaista.
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Photo by @jimchanfc “I love how I captured the joy and excitement of a child whose main worry is when the ride is going to end and nothing else,” says Jimmy Chan (@jimchanfc) of his #WHPmoveit submission. “I hope this inspires everyone to get out there and enjoy life as much as possible.”
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Video by @debachak Bodybuilders and acrobats gather at the famed Muscle Beach in California to show off their strength — as in this video from photographer Deb Achak (@debachak). “Eager to see this particular athlete perform, I asked if I could capture him as he practiced,” says Deb. “He happily obliged.”
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Photo by @markomestrovic Marko Mestrovic (@markomestrovic) dove right in at a local underwater rugby team practice. “During warm ups, all the players swim around pretty chaotically,” he describes. “I wanted to get as close into the action as possible.” Follow along to see more of our favorites from last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPmoveit.
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Featured photo by @mambo926 Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtwinning Ever looked up to realize you’re coincidentally wearing the same outfit as your BFF or co-worker? This weekend, the goal is to capture moments of shared likeness that make you smile. Create your own. This assignment is not just for people who look alike. Show us a close-up of matching nail art or the details of a collaborative art project. Observe the natural world. Plants and insects are incredible mimics. Photographing them in their surroundings can bring an added layer of surprise. Be open. Twinning isn’t all about obvious sets; objects and architecture can resemble people and animals. For example, your neighbor’s bush may perfectly mirror your poodle’s haircut. Make sure you’re ready. Moments of twinning may be fleeting. As they say, pics or it didn’t happen! PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPtwinning 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.