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This portrait was quite literally a flash in the pan. Saeed Kouhkan (@skouhkan) found his sister’s reflection in the oil of a frying pan while cooking at his home in Behbahan, Iran. “It’s a mysterious portrait,” he says. “I like the contrast between the red lip and the dark background of the pan.” #WHPreflections
Photo by @skouhkan

By positioning her foster grandson and labradoodle, Reagan, along the reflective waters of the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, Sandi Swiridoff (@reagandoodle) was able to capture two meanings within the #WHPreflections theme. “The practice of yoga encourages us to reflect back on our own lives,” she says.
Photo by @reagandoodle

At home in Izmir, Turkey, Serkan Çolak’s (@serkanncolak) daughter played with a pocket mirror as her parents looked on. “This photo tells the story of me and my family,” says Serkan.
Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to #WHPreflections.
Photo by @serkanncolak

Hello, world! Today’s #WeeklyFluff is a very good boy. Meet golden retriever Mambo (@mambohitsgolden), a therapy dog who is part of INATAA, an animal assisted therapy organization from São Paulo. Mambo spends lots of time volunteering for people in need of some puppy power — often with a big crew of his canine companions. To learn more about Mambo’s life and work, follow @mambohitsgolden.

American athlete Christian Pulisic’s (@cmpulisic) first memories of soccer are with his father. “I remember my dad throwing a mini ball at me in the house and trying to score on him in the mini goal,” says the 18-year-old. Christian grew up in Pennsylvania, but moved to Dortmund, Germany, three years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Although adjusting to life in a foreign country is never easy — Christian’s biggest hurdles were “the language barrier and finding regular friends to spend time with” — he’s taken to life in his adopted hometown: he has his own apartment, a group of friends and speaks German fluently.
Playing attacking midfielder for the Borussia Dortmund team in the German Bundesliga league eased the transition. “We have the best fans in the world,” says Christian. “They’re the most passionate in all of football. The game means everything to them.” And as for his young age relative to his teammates, Christian shrugs it off. “I was always the youngest on the team,” he says. “It’s normal for me.”
Watch our Instagram story now to check out Christian’s adopted hometown.

Today we’re excited to announce two new ways to discover the world around you on Explore: location stories and hashtag stories. Now you can see what’s happening around you and find stories related to your interests.
You’ll see a new story ring at the top of Explore filled with stories happening near you. You can also search for any location around the world, and you’ll see a story ring for that place at the top of the location page.
We’re also beginning to introduce hashtag stories on Explore. When you search for a hashtag, you may see a story ring at the top of the page filled with stories using that hashtag.
Add a location sticker or hashtag to your story and you may be included in the larger story. If you want to use a location or hashtag sticker but don’t want your story to appear on Explore, tap the X on your stories viewer list.
From discovering new parts of your hometown to jogging alongside the #fromwhereirun community, location and hashtag stories help you share these experiences as they unfold.
To learn more about location stories and hashtag stories, check out help.instagram.com.
Location stories on Explore are available on iOS and Android as part of Instagram version 10.22 in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Hashtag stories will be rolling out over the coming weeks.

Traveling photographer Piku (@xxpiku) doesn’t need any reflective props for his subjects when nature provides them all on its own. #WHPreflections
Photo by @xxpiku

Thanks to a few carefully placed mirrors, hands emerge from the sand in Sonora, Mexico. #WHPreflections
Photo by @pacodelosmonteros

“Upside down and right side up,” writes Carla (@carlaeez) in the caption to her #WHPreflections submission.
Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project.
Photo by @carlaeez

Spanish sculptor Isabel Tomás (@lisatoms_dolls) dreams up creatures that don’t live in our world. “My greatest source of inspiration is nature itself, not just animals and plants,” she says. From her home studio in La Sénia, Spain, she invents personalities for all her special species. “I like to imagine how they’d behave, where they’d live, what they’d eat and other details, as if they were a real animal.” Isabel designs, produces, sews, paints and varnishes all her creatures, which can be an arduous process since she does everything by hand, but she wouldn’t have it any other way — Isabel loves being her own boss.
Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames.
Photo by @lisatoms_dolls

Frida, a rescued Ibizan hound, and her human Miriam Behrendt (@tangoandfrida), took shelter from an approaching storm in a canola field. “We were on a walk and she instantly went there to hide from the weather,” says Miriam. #TheWeekOnInstagram
Photo by @tangoandfrida

Music has always been a part of British singer Liam Payne’s (@liampayne) life. “When I was 6 years old, I sang karaoke for my granddad,” says Liam. “I knew then that I loved to perform, and now I’m doing something I’ve always dreamt of.” Today, Liam, now 23, performs around the world — first with the band One Direction — and now as his own solo act.
With a new single on the way, Liam’s days are spent in the recording studio, practicing his dance moves and promoting his upcoming track, all while finding time with his newborn son at home in Surrey, England. “It’s an exciting time, both professionally and at home,” he says. “I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position I’m in.”
Watch our Instagram story now to spend a day with Liam leading up to the release of his new single. 🎤

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