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The Renewable Shift

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Led by Germany, clean power is transforming the global energy landscape

Justin Gillis for The New York Times: HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million......read more

Fantastical Landscapes by Melissa Loop

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A Midwestern artist conjures exotic worlds in paint

Minneapolis-based painter Melissa Loop borrows from and subverts Romantic ideas about landscape art in these stunning, fantastical works that speak to the artificality of imagined paradises. The hyper-colored canvases present exotic locations as if conjured from some dystopian dream, complete with haphazard drips, neon spray paint and jumbled digitized shapes. From the artist: By using the......read more

Abstract Earth: Photos by Richard Woldendorp

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Awe-inspiring aerial images of Australian landscapes

Dutch-born photographer Richard Woldendorp's whose first overhead images of Australian landscapes date from the 1960s, making him one of the pioneers of aerial photography. Trained as a painter, Woldendorp observes the world with a painter's eye, as you can see from the images in his Abstract Earth series, which have much in common with the canvases of the Abstract Expressionists and Color Field......read more

Landscape Light Installations by Barry Underwood

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Surreal long exposure shots offer subtle comment on light pollution

When nature and technology collide in the name of art, you can color us interested. Ohio artist Barry Underwood does a masterful job of juxtaposing the two. Taking inspiration from film, theatre, land art, and painting, Underwood creates LED light installations in natural settings, then takes long exposure photos of the scenes. The results are dramatic, to say the least. The works provide some......read more

Evocative Landscape Paintings by Thomas Lamb

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Immersive landscape works inspired by travel

With inspiration from travels in Norway and Japan, as well as from his home in Lincolnshire, UK, Thomas Lamb creates grand-scale landscape paintings that explore ideas of memory and perception of place. The works document landscape in constant flux, with haunting images aimed at deepening the viewer's sensation of reality. "I am concerned with the visual and tactile elements of perception and......read more

Zack Seckler's Botswana

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Brooklyn photographer captures landscape from above

Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler captured the raw beauty of Botswana’s landscapes from an ultralight aircraft that soared from the lush Okavango Delta to the shimmering white Magadigadi Salt Pans. (via Yatzer, Inhabitat)...read more

Dreamlike Photos of Chilean Landscapes by Owen Perry

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Gorgeous travel shots of the high-altitude Atacama Desert

There is something special about the light in high-altitude places, and these airy photos of Chile's Atacama Desert provide some telling proof. The pics come courtesy of Whistler, British Columbia-based photographer Owen Perry (aka Circa 1983), who journeyed through the South American country last December, and got more adventure than he bargained for: Featured here are locations in the......read more

Excavation: Paintings by Philip Govedare

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Altered landscapes of the American West, as seen from above

If you've been a SHFT reader for any length of time, you know by now that we have a minor obsession with aerial photography, samples of which have been featured on this site many times. The aerial perspective offers a whole new way of seeing the earth, one that illuminates features of both natural and manmade environments in a way that's not possible from the ground. That's why we always choose......read more

Joni Niemela: Misty & Atmospheric

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Dreamy images of Finnish landscapes

When Finland's Joni Niemela goes to work, he heads directly the Great Outdoors, where he gets down to the business of capturing the natural world on camera. For Joni, nature is both subject and muse, whether he's shooting sweeping natural landscapes or hyper-detailed, macro images of flora and fauna. The title of one of his recent series, Misty and Atmospheric,......read more

Ice Typography: Land Art by Nicole Dextras

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3D words, fabricated in ice, explore the relationship between language and landscape

Canadian environmental artist Nicole Dextras makes creative use of a cold climate with Ice Typography, an ongoing exploration of the ever-shifting relationship between language and landscape. The works consist of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice and erected outdoors. From 18-inch words in the Toronto cityscape, to 8-foot high letters in the Arctic, the works are ephemeral and in constant......read more

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