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Remembering 9/11 with a #tributeinlight

You can find more photos and videos from the 9/11 memorial by visiting the Tribute in Light location page and by navigating to the #tributeinlight hashtag.

For the past eleven years, New York City has paid homage to the tragedies of September 11, 2001, with Tribute in Light, two powerful beams of light projected upwards as part of the city skyline. The shape and placement of the installation echo the fallen Twin Towers and honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks as well as the many who worked as part of the relief efforts.

Originally conceived just days after the attack as a “Project for the Immediate Reconstruction of Manhattan’s Skyline,” Tribute in Light is made up of 88 7,000-watt lightbulbs that create the strongest beams of light ever projected from Earth. The tribute is visible from up to 60 miles (95.6 km) away from its base near the World Trade Center site.


Documenting the Legs of New York with @stace_a_lace

Follow Stacey Baker (@stace_a_lace) on Instagram and be sure to check out her full collection of New York legs at

During the work day, Stacey Baker is an associate photo editor at The New York Times Magazine, curating photos and occasionally contributing to the Times Magazine’s ‘The 6th Floor’ blog.

In March, Baker posted to her Instagram account (@stace_a_lace) the first of what would become a recurring series of photos documenting the various styles and shapes of women’s legs in New York City.

"I started taking pictures of women’s legs about four months ago. Like a lot of people who live in New York, I walk a great deal, and almost everywhere you look, you see wonderfully stylish people," says Stacey. “Occasionally, I get a negative response, but for the most part, the women I approach are game and seem pleased to have been asked. A number of women have told me I’ve made their day."

Stacey offers advice for those that may want to try their hand at photographing strangers:

"I think people are most receptive when you’re as straightforward as possible," she says. “When I approach someone, I explain that I’m doing a project on legs, and I show them a sample of the images I’ve already posted. I offer to delete any photos they don’t like, and also to email them the images."

And what if you’re turned down? “Sometimes a rejection stings a little, but you just keep trying.”


Spotlight: Vancouver

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Vancouver, British Columbia, is a city of contrasts. The myriad skyscrapers that support the area’s dense population sit in stark relief to the pristine bay and lush forests surrounding the city. And nods to the region’s diverse cultural heritage are apparent throughout the modern city—from public art to First Nations-inspired architecture.

Vancouver is also home to a thriving Instagram community with frequent InstaMeets and photo walks. Here are just a few Instagrammers sharing their city with the world:

  • Flu Lum, a chef and photographer frequently out in nature — @flolum
  • @akaalec, minimalist black and white photos of architectural patterns — @akaalec
  • Scott Rankin, photos from Vancouver and its lush surroundings — @othellonine
  • Maurice Li, photographer with a love of nature and building patterns — @maurice

Explore other Vancouver Instagrammers or participate in a meet-up by following @InstameetVancouver.


Same-Sex Marriage Decision Documented on Instagram

To see more photos and videos from today’s demonstrations, visit the location page for the Supreme Court of the United States, and browse the #DOMA and #SCOTUS hashtags.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark decision invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act, a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.

The historic occasion is being documented on Instagram by the thousands of people who turned out in front of the Supreme Court—some even camping through the night—to hear the decision, which was announced shortly after 10 a.m. ET.

See photos and videos as they happen by visiting the Supreme Court location page.


Tokyo Skytree Turns One

See more photos of the Skytree by browsing the 東京スカイツリー (Tokyo Skytree) and 東京スカイツリー 天望デッキ location pages.

One year ago today, the Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリ) officially opened to the public. Standing 634 meters (2,080 feet), the Skytree is the tallest tower and the second largest structure in the world. The Skytree took four years to build and in the last year alone over 6.3 million people visited the tower—many capturing the experience on Instagram.

Here’s the last set of photos for the school year! Contributing photographers were @JaviChili @MDuris10 and @NoBigItsCaitlin

Happy finals everyone!


Instagrammers Capture “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse

See more photos from the eclipse by searching #eclipse and #solareclipse.

The first annular solar eclipse of 2013 took place yesterday. The passage of the moon directly in front of the sun made it appear as though there were a “ring of fire” in the sky.

Instagrammers from Australia and the islands of the Southern Pacific Ocean—the only places where the eclipse was visible—shared photos of this spectacular sight.

This weeks photos are all by @JaviChili! Check them out, they’re really inspiring, keep up the good work! 

Have you been hashtagging #hurstphotoclub with your pictures of spring?

This weeks photos courtesy of @CaseyKrein and our newest follower, @javichili!
Keep snapping away! Maybe we’ll do a midweek post?!