Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) and the Art of Stop Motion

Since the launch of video on Instagram, illustrator and animator Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) has transformed her feed into a gallery of stop-motion animation. “I’ve always been intrigued by the art of stop motion,” Rachel says. “As soon as Instagram released the video feature I started experimenting. It wasn’t long before I posted my first animation and I haven’t stopped since.”

Rachel credits the Instagram community as her inspiration to keep creating. “I was instantly overwhelmed by the support and attention my animations received, which made me excited to keep creating more. Everyday I’m looking around for inspiration and I find myself waking up eager to start the next project.”

Interested in trying your hand at your own stop-motion videos? Here are a couple tips from Rachel:

  • Film with a tripod or by placing your phone on a glass table and drawing underneath. “You’ll notice with my first animations I was holding my phone while recording and it looks like the Blair Witch Project.”
  • Don’t hold back — get out there and create. “Instagram has always been a place for beautiful and artistic photographs, so let’s make videos with the same intent.”

See more of Rachel’s work on her website,, and follow her @rachelryle.



College Football on Instagram

College football is officially underway in the United States! This season is a special one as it marks the end of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) format that began in 1902. Starting in 2014, the BCS will be replaced by a four-team College Football Playoff.

Will your team make it all the way to the final BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, California on January 6? Be sure to follow your favorite players and programs to support them and tune into their seasons on Instagram:





Instagramming from New Mexico’s White Sands

See more photos and videos of New Mexico’s white sands by visiting the White Sands National Monument location page.

At the southern end of New Mexico sits a 275-square-mile (710-square-km) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals.

Because gypsum dissolves in water, fields of this type are rare and typically erode over time. But New Mexico’s dunes sit in a basin that does not drain. Instead, water collects in pools that eventually evaporate, creating beautiful gypsum formations that are a popular draw for Instagrammers.

For those interested in visiting, the easiest entry point is the White Sands National Monument, established in 1934 by President Herbert Hoover. Those unable to see the dunes in person can explore the scenic landscape through the lens of other Instagrammers by visiting the White Sands National Monument location page.



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.



Singapore’s Colorful Alkaff “ArtBridge”

For more photos and videos from Singapore’s colorful pedestrian bridge, visit the Alkaff Bridge location page.

The central business district of Singapore is home to the 55-meter, 230-ton Alkaff Bridge. Popularly called Singapore’s ArtBridge, the pedestrian bridge was designed to resemble a tongkang, a traditional boat common to the region.

Built in 1999, the bridge was painted in 2003-2004 by renowned Filipino artist Pacita Abad and a team of paintbrush-wielding rope specialists who transformed it into the vibrant landmark it is today.