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Sustainability Photos of the Year

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Contenders for the 2011 Prix Pictet, the world's leading prize for environmental photography, to exhibit in Paris next month.

In three short years, the Prix Pictet has become the global prize for excellence in environmental photography, assembling some of the most powerful images of sustainability (or lack thereof) from around the world. The theme for this year's competition is Growth, which organizers call "one of the great conundrums facing humanity in the early decades of the 21st century." True enough. The winner......read more

Ephemeral Snow Art by Simon Beck

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Recent work from Europe's famous snow walking artist

Simon Beck dons snowshoes before walking around in freshly falled snow to create these massive, ephemeral art installations. The British artist, whose  work spotted on Colossal, has been making the installations since 2004: Each work takes the 54-year-old artist anywhere between 6 hours and two days to complete, an impressive physical feat aided from years of competitive......read more

The Unseen Sea

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Simon Christen's stunning time lapse portrait of San Francisco.

How can you bummed about fog when it looks this good? Shot by Simon Christen over the course of a year, these stunning time-lapse images capture the Bay Area in all its fog-drenched majesty. Nicely scored by "Mary's Song" from Nick Cave. Check out the waves of fog rolling over the hills at 2:00. Crazy beautiful. ...read more

Adrift

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Watch Simon Christen's time-lapse love letter to San Francisco fog

Here's a fantastic bit of personal work from San Francisco photographer Simon Christen. For two years, each morning when the weather looked promising, Christen would get up at 5AM and drive to the Marin Headlands, where he would hike the ridges to capture time-lapse footage of fog and mist rolling over the Bay Area. The result is Adrift, a gorgeous filmic tribute to an amazing natural phenomenon.......read more

Neil Simonton

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Neil Simonton is SHFT's Editorial Director. He has a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from McGill University, a Law degree from the University of British Columbia, and a keen layman's interest in art, design, and culture. Neil lives and works in Vancouver, B.C....read more

First Aid Kit "America" Video

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Swedish sister duo covers Simon & Garfunkel hit

 Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit put themselves on the indie music map with covers of bands like Fleet Foxes and R.E.M. Their latest cover comes in the form of Simon & Garfunkel's "America," a staple of their live show. In a statement, the Söderberg sisters explained the appeal of the song: “The structure of the song and the melody just make for an epic journey. The lyrics are......read more

The Clash's Paul Simonon Arrested for Oil Rig Occupation

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Rock star went undercover with Greenpeace to protest Arctic drilling

Greenpeace has revealed that veteran rock bassist (The Clash, Gorillaz) Paul Simonon was among the activists arrested in June for occupying an Arctic oil rig. Simonon had joined the Greenpeace crew anonymously, working as an assistant cook. The oil rig, operated by Cairn Energy, one of Europe's largest oil and gas companies, was boarded on June 3 by the Greenpeacers, who demanded that the......read more

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