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A Year on the Road: Three Men in a Boat

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A gentlemen's boating adventure in Cape Cod

It all started with a conversation and a spur of the moment trip to Cape Cod. Late into the night, over a few stiff Manhattans, a group of close friends and I planned the next morning. We would begin early; earlier than late-night scotch and revelry typically allows. Bleary eyed but excited we arrived on the shore a few hours later, greeted by high tide and a thin mist of rain. I started shooting......read more

Cape Wind Project Approved

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Feds OK America's first offshore wind farm, a mere 10 years it was first presented.

Aaaannnd we're off! Ten years after the proposal was first submitted, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement has approved plans for the first American offshore wind farm.  In a landmark affirmation for renewable energy, the Feds pushed forward plans to build the 468 megawatt Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. In addition to providing renewable......read more

The Electric Car Race

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Thomas Friedman on why the US needs to step up its EV game.

The government of China continues to make bold moves to move the country off of oil, announcing $15 billion in seed money for its electric car industry. Meanwhile, the US is mired in an intractable, expensive conflict in Afghanistan. If it's all about picking your battles, then the future is bleak for US industrial growth. In the newly-redesigned Opinion Pages of Sunday's New York......read more

This house plays beautifully with the relatioinship between indoors and outdoors. Architect studio ZD+A designed a concrete family residence reflecting the surrounding landscape. The 'PN House' is located in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City and the height of the building provides calming views of the tall trees around it. Inspired by nature, the goal was to work with the......read more

An Uncommon Place

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Supernatural landscape photos by Reuben Wu

Photographer/director/musician/Renaissance man Reuben Wu returns to SHFT [previously] with another selection of dreamy landscape images captured on his travels around the globe. The British artist, now based in Chicago, regularly finds himself on the road, whether on photo commissions or doing gigs with his band, Ladytron. He still finds time to pursue personal projects like An Uncommon Place, a......read more

Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photography

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Photographer Cameron Davidson takes to the sky to shoot landscapes from above

Cameron Davidson is a Washington, DC-based photographer and pilot who uses the aerial vantage point to reveal humanity's impact on landscapes below. Capturing earth from a seldom-seen perspective, Davidson's work conveys an abstract beauty, like all the best aerial photography. Davidson's work has been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, National Geographic and Smithsonian magazine. His......read more

Marie Louise "Happiness Has A Hole"

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CG dreamscape by the multitalented Michael Fragstein

Here is some next-level 3D animation to set your weekend off on the right note. The CG piece, created by Michael Fragstein of Büro Achter April studio in Stuttgart, combines playful whimsy with minimal austerity in a surreal, dreamy animation that surprises at every turn. The song you hear is the solo piano version of Marie Louise's "Happiness Has A Hole"-- a digital bonus......read more

Escape from Bigfoot Country

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Watch the second instalment of Trevor Gordon's surf journey in Cascadia

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of Trevor Gordon and his homemade truck-bed camper, which acted as his mobile home as he travelled north from Carpinteria, California in search of Pacific Northwestern waves. In chapter two, Gordon comes face to face with Bigfoot, that mythical beast of misty forests, and manages to paddle into a bunch of pristine peelers and catch a few fish before......read more

You Are Here: Paintings by Kim Dorland

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Contemporary works tap into tradition of Canadian landscape painting

Toronto-based painter Kim Dorland revisits the image of the primal forest in You Are Here, a series of works that pays homage to the century-old tradition of Canadian landscape painting. Inspired by early 20th-century artists like Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, Dorland creates bold and expressive interpretations of northern landscapes. But while his forebears were focused on celebrating nature and......read more

Wang Ruilin: Dreams

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Huge animal forms carry tiny landscapes on their bodies

The image of an animal carrying the world on its back is common to the creation myths of many cultures around the world. Beijing-based artist Ruilin Wang explores that concept in Dreams, a series of evocative sculptures depicting large-scale animals with tiny landscapes emerging from their forms.   Each nearly life-size work consists of a certain creature paired with a type of world.......read more

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