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Rare

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Neat promo short for Joel Satore's new book of endangered animal portraits.

In 'Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species,' Sartore presents 80 iconic photographs of creatures disappearing from America’s landscape. Published with National Geographic, the book represents a lifelong commitment to the natural world and a three-year investigation into the Endangered Species Act. You can buy the book at Powell's....read more

George Boorujy's Ridiculously Detailed Nature Paintings

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Depictions of landscapes and wildlife combine the hyper-realistic with the surreal

In his intricatel ink-on-canvas works, Brooklyn artist George Boorujy uses a trained naturalist’s eye to depict iconic North American animals and landscapes, presenting a vision of life on the continent that is at once foreign and familiar. Focusing on the natural world is something that comes, er, natural to him. "I always drew animals, like most kids," he says, "but I......read more

Sigur Ros, "Eg anda"

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New clip from director Ramin Bahrani offers a grim comment on industrialization and wildlife

Icelandic dream pop heroes Sigur Ros continue their "Valtari Mystery Film Experiment" with a new video for Valtari cut "Eg anda", directed by Ramin Bahrani. Juxtaposing images of animals against clips of industrialization, the video offers some grim commentary on effects of humans on wildlife. For the film project, the band commissioned a dozen filmmakers to create music videos for tracks on......read more

Paper Mammals by Estudio Guardabosques

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Geometric sculptures of animals crafted in paper

Estudio Guardabosques is the studio of Caro Silvero and Juan Elizalde, a Buenos Aires-based couple who collaborate on papercraft projects for both editorial and artistic purposes. From the pair's impressive portfolio comes Paper Mammals, an ongoing sculpture series depicting mammals in geometric paper forms. The paper works show off some amazing craftsmanship, with both well known and......read more

Dream Paintings Of Women and Animals In Nature

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From 16 Year Old Painter Dimitra Milan

Four years ago, 16-year-old artist Dimitra Milan began painting when her parents opened Arizona's Milan Art Institute, allowing her to take any class that caught her attention. Since then, she's worked to cultivate her own style.  From classical oil techniques to contemporary mixed media, Milan's skill set grew along with her desire to paint. She then started homeschooling so she could......read more

The Itty Bitty Farm in the City

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When Heidi Kooy introduced farm animals into her San Francisco garden, it entirely changed her relationship with food

Heidi Kooy already had a nice-sized, 100-square-foot vegetable garden in her San Francisco backyard when she decided to up the ante with a gaggle of hens and a couple of Nigerian dwarf dairy goats. The introduction of animals, spurred by a need to understand and control the process of food production, has entirely changed her relationship with food. "The goats provide us with the perfect amount......read more

Other Lives, "Tamer Animals"

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Wistful title track off Oklahoman band's sophomore release gets surrealistic visual treatment

Tamer Animals, the second full length from Stillwater, Oklahoma's Other Lives, is pure pastoral Americana, an organic and lovingly crafted album with a sound that that lands somewhere between The National and Fleet Foxes. Here, the cinematic title track is outfitted with a suitably dreamy and surreal video featuring humans in a miniature model city and the bandmembers with plants......read more

Watching Humans Watching: Inka and Niclas Photography

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Beautiful nature photos feature people in lieu of animals.

The portfolio of Stockholm-based artist duo Inka Lindegard and Niclas Holmstrom is filled with beautifully clean, slightly oddball photographs like these ones from their recent show, Watching Humans Watching. For the show, the pair captured epic landscapes populated by isolated tourists taking in the scenery, like wildlife photography with humans instead of animals. The photographs depict......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-17-10

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Weekly links: Winter cycling, animals face-to-face, the real story behind Chinese wind energy dominance, and more.

Aww, is it "too cold" to ride your bike in the winter? No matter where you are, it ain't as cold as St. Petersburg, Russia, where Adams Carroll rides his Ukrainian beast — made from surplus military tank parts — through the snow. Check Carroll's notes on winter cycling at the Fader. On a one-way path to wind energy dominance, China is steady flouting world trade laws.......read more

Out of Africa

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Photographer/conservationist Nick Brandt is obsessed with the animals of East Africa.

With its epic black-and-white photos of the noble animals of East Africa, ON THIS EARTH, the first book of wildlife photos by Nick Brandt, became one of the most popular photography books of the decade. His latest, A SHADOW FALLS, picks up where the first left off, lifting the largely documentative genre of wildlife photography into the realm of fine art. The intimacy of Nick Brandt's photos......read more

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