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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcolorful

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal of #WHPcolorful was to create photos and videos that pop with color. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcolorful

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal this weekend is to create photos and videos that pop with color. Here’s how to get started:

  • Seek out environments with bright and bold colors that catch your eye. For example, if you attend a concert or parade, get close to the action to capture spirited moments and dazzling props.
  • For portrait submissions, look for colorful personalities and striking fashion statements that stand out against everyday surroundings.
  • Make color move with a video or Boomerang submission. Capture a bright painting coming to life, the flashing motion of neon lights or a burst of color emerging in an otherwise bland scene.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPcolorful 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.

No one truly understands fandoms unless you’re in one.

You don’t truly understand the feeling of pure excitement when something new is on it’s way, or how warm you feel inside when you know other people in the world feel the same way you do for the same reasons.

You don’t truly understand the stress of long waits and the relief when the wait finally ends, or the mixed emotions you go through when something was written so well that it pulls chords on every heartstring.

You don’t truly understand the overwhelming feeling of attending a Con for the first time, or for all the times after that, or the hours and hours of work that go into finding the right materials to pull together the cosplay you’ve dreamed of doing since you first saw that character.

You don’t truly understand the joy of finally putting on that full costume and becoming that character just for a few hours, or the slight sense of sadness when you put it away again.

You don’t truly understand how much each actor, writer, director or artist will mean to you until you’ve found one that just strikes something in you, or how it feels to find an episode or book or film that you’ll read or watch over and over again without ever getting bored of.

You don’t truly understand what it feels like to make friends from all over the world because you met on a social media fanpage created for your fandom, or how it’ll feel to spend hours talking in hopes maybe some day you can meet in person for the first time to really share your experiences.

You don’t truly understand the effort and all the hard work that goes into the fan-created content, from photo and video edits right down to the hand made drawings and paintings, the stories and the parodies.

You don’t truly understand any of the indescribable feelings you feel until you’ve found a fandom.

You don’t truly understand the sense of belonging you feel no matter what background you come from, or the sense of having a family that you found all on your own.

You don’t truly understand fandoms unless you’re in one.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPloveis

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal of #WHPloveis was to create photos and videos that show what love means to you. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Something that I’ve always done in life is design my room and everything I deal with on the day to day around what I’m trying to achieve so I can always remember what I’m working towards.

Examples:
-Right next to where I work/create photos and videos/chill are my long term life goals (Move to England become a citizen
-the wall that faces people when they walk in show cool things I’ve accomplished and want to share with the world. (Make commercials/travel/adventure etc)
-directly above my head where I sleep is me in my favorite city along with my spirit animal. The Lion obviously because I’m a Leo and I’m trying to make big things happen and I appreciate class and regalness

My phone background is ALWAYS my short term goals on the lock screen (be it somewhere I want to travel/ or something to inspire me to make new photos or videos)

Laptop background is London, so I remember why I’m grinding through some shitty work days haha

For me the best way to stay motivated is to constantly think about why I’m doing what I’m doing. I no lie think about my goals from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep because they’re on my walls. They’re on my phone. They’re on my laptop. And I know I will achieve every one of them because everyday I take another step towards making them happen.

Sorry for the rant. Thought I’d share how my personal motivation works.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcolorstudy

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal of #WHPcolorstudy was to create photos and videos that celebrate one dominant color. Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

Plagiarism and Cosplay

There’s an issue that has been on my mind for some time now, and it’s a very complex one with many sides and factors involved, which makes it a difficult one to address. (Yes, this is a long post, consider yourself warned.)

Cosplay is becoming bigger and the community is growing, and I think that’s great! However, when something becomes bigger, there will inevitably be more issues popping up that we haven’t got any answers for yet.

One of them is plagiarism. Now cosplay as a concept is based on the concept of copying other people’s work, and that’s generally ok because everyone knows who the original artist is and the cosplay becomes a homage and tribute to said artist. However, there is also a lot of creative and original work happening in cosplay as people make original designs for characters that have not been visualized through film, television, graphic novels or other types of visual media. There are people who create their own characters and bring them to life through costume and makeup and acting. And not to mention, there are people who use both original and non-original cosplays (non-original cosplays = traditional cosplays based on characters as they are already visualised in their source content) to produce original content like competition performances, YouTube videos and cosplay photography. These are things that, in my opinion, contribute to making cosplay an even more enjoyable hobby (or occupation for those who do that) and also make it accessible and enjoyable for people who don’t cosplay themselves.

However, there are also, inevitably, people who take this original work and use it themselves, without crediting the original artist. Now, crediting, or rather the lack thereof, has already been a longstanding issue in the art and photography community where people use intellectual property without asking for permission and without crediting the owner of said intellectual property. I’m not going to go into speculation on why people do this, but the fact remains that it happens. And now, it’s happening in cosplay. The issue around the use of cosplay pictures has already been well covered by way more knowledgeable individuals than me, so I will let that lie, and focus on parts of this practice that haven’t. In no specific order and numbered for reference purpose only:


1) The act of taking someone else’s originally created cosplay design and using it yourself without asking permission of or crediting the original artist/cosplayer

2) The act of taking someone else’s originally created cosplay performance and using it yourself without asking permission of or crediting the original artist/cosplayer

3) The act of taking someone else’s originally created cosplay photo shoot or video idea and using it yourself without asking permission of or crediting the original artist/cosplayer


Now, first off, when I say “originally created”, I mean material that is not already part of the source material from which the character is from, so for example:


- An intricate original costume design for a Tudor Princess Leia 

 - A performance for an 11th Doctor where an original scene between him and Amy Pond has been written by the cosplayers themselves

- A Lord of the Rings photo shoot where the photographer and cosplayers have planned a very specific narrative through the use of very specific locations, props and poses

-  A Supernatural cosplay YouTube video of the main characters, plus sidekicks, do a lipsync rendition of a famous Broadway musical number


So, I’m talking original ideas that are not already used in the source material, not the use of concept art from a game or a movie, not that important scene from that anime, not the iconic poses and typical backgrounds/locations for specific characters, and so on, but those awesome original ideas, those that are so good and so cool you catch yourself thinking “darn, I wish I had thought of that”. That’s what I’m talking about.

Now, doing any of those three acts described in 1), 2) and 3) is, in my honest opinion, rude at best, because someone else put their heart and soul and their blood, sweat and tears into creating it, and if you can’t even be bothered to ask for permission from, let alone credit that person, then you have not earned the right to do so. Because unless that person is a celebrity, they will never get any credit for their hard work, that piece of their soul, if you take it without permission and present it as your own (which is basically what you do if you don’t credit).

Now, that’s bad enough. Enter the competitive and commercial side of cosplay. Here’s where it gets worse. Because if you do any of the three acts described in 1), 2) and 3)in a setting or context where you may be in the position to earn something on it, be that exposure, recognition, money, a paid trip somewhere or some physical object like a trophy or a piece of cool merchandise, you are basically capitalizing on someone else’s hard work, and literally stealing what should rightfully be theirs. That is beyond rude.

Now, cosplay is a young and growing community and culture, and there will be lots of bumps in the road, but as with all young things, it is necessary to put down firm rules and nurture good and heathy attitudes at an early stage. I think these should be among them:

If you see someone else’s original work and would really like to use it yourself; ask for permission. Chances are that you might get a yes from a very delighted artist. There is also a chance that you get a no; respect that, it’s their baby, not yours. Use it as inspiration to fuel your own creativity and force yourself to be original instead. Yes, it’s hard work. That’s exactly what they did: hard work.

If you are afraid that something has already been done and/or you want to make sure that you’re not accidentally using an idea that’s already been done by someone else; Google it. And if Googling it feels like too much work, then you had better learn to get used to it, because it’s the most important tool of pretty much every single cosplayer alive.

I want to see the community grow! I want to see wonderful, original content that makes me gasp with delight and grumble with envy that I didn’t think of it first! I want to see creators blush with pride when they get praise for the things they’ve created! And I want to see people being inspired by them and in turn go on to create their own wonderful things! So, please! Let the foundation that we build this community on be one that is filled with respect for those who create original content. A foundation where it’s considered a bad thing to take without permission or credit. A foundation where we encourage people to work hard by rewarding them for their hard work with praise and credit where it is due. 


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Weekend Hashtag Project: #‎WHPvibrant

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal this weekend is to create brightly colored photos and videos filled with energy. Here’s how to get started:

  • Get up close to capture lively action, spirited moments and animated personalities.
  • A vibrant subject pops in a muted setting. Look for backgrounds that allow your subject to shine, and try shooting from unexpected angles.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPvibrant hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPwordstoimages

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to capture creative photos and videos inspired by written words. Some tips to get you started:

  • To start, think about words that have inspired you, whether they’re from poetry, literature, song lyrics or famous quotations. Whatever you choose, be sure to share it in your caption.
  • As you plan your shoot, consider the imagery described in the words. Think about how you can recreate those images in your photo or video.
  • Alternatively, try creating photos and videos that match how the words make you feel. Don’t be afraid to get abstract.

For more inspiration, be sure to click through to the photos above to see the quotations in their captions.

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPwordstoimages hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged image or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.

senorganjito-deactivated2014090  asked:

what would you like me to do? i'm sorry if i sound really useless, but i honestly just don't know where to start :/

Of course you don’t sound useless.

1. There is a master post recently put on this blog that you refer to with a lot of small action things you can do

2. KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS. Keep tweeting. Keep up the vines. Keep up the photos with our hands up. Instagram, Facebook, whatever your platform we need to keep the narrative ours and not whatever CNN is doing.

3. If you can, donate. If you can’t tell as many people that you know that they can help Ferguson by donating.

4. Find our if there is any local organizing wherever you are. If there isn’t find some friends and family to create awareness via photos, videos, rally.

5. Keep in mind you don’t have to make a lot of noise for you to be useful and necessary to the revolution. We are all just snowflakes in an avalanche. Just. Stay. Woke.