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SHFT Sampler 12-24-10

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Weekly links: Surfrider celebrates 150th victory, photography heads undersea, and Russian nature art is nuts.

Shouts out to Jim Moriarty and Surfrider Foundation. In 2005, the coastal conservation group set a goal for 150 "coastal victories" by 2010. They defined a coastal victory as “a decision made in favor of the coastal and ocean environment that results in a positive conservation outcome, improves coastal access, or both.” On December 1, they nailed it. Kudos, Surfrider. (via QPeeps)......read more

Mark Tipple: The Underwater Project

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A turtle's eye view of swimmers and surfers in the ocean

Aussie surfer and photographer Mark Tipple has always been fascinated by what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. As an escape from his regular documentary photography practice, Tipple began shooting swimmers and surfers from under the surface of the ocean off Australia's eastern coast. The results are assembled in the ongoing Tipple series, "The Underwater Project," and they're some of the......read more

Free Dive

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New collection of underwater photos from Kanoa Zimmerman.

Photographer Kanoa Zimmerman, whose work focuses on human interaction with the natural environment, goes beneath the sea in a moody and mysterious new photo series, 'Free Dive,' which opened at Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco last weekend. For the collection, Zimmerman traveled with friends and pro surfers Mark Healy and Aamion Goodwin to Fiji, where they relied on spear fishing for......read more

Paper Collages Evoke Underwater Beauty

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Trippy collages made with textured rolls of paper

Psychedelic formations of rolled up paper are the beautiful result of artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser's obsession with paper and color.  My Modern Met profiled Amy's work and we're glad they did.  Although her final work appears quite abstract, Genser always starts out with an idea for a piece by using images and sketches and also drawing upon the beautiful imperfections of nature as......read more

Submerged Sculptures by Forlane 6 Studio

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A deep diving artist duo creates amazing underwater art from marine trash

There's no missing the message behind the work of scuba diving artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez. The creative duo's flowing, underwater sculptures made of common oceanic trash make a direct statement on the issue of marine pollution. Goussin and Le Calvez call themselves Forlane 6, after the 40 year-old sailboat they call home. Both are deep sea diving professionals who earn their......read more

Christy Lee Rogers: Reckless Unbound

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Seriously beautiful underwater photos

Blurring the distinction between contemporary photography and painting, this new selection of photos from Christy Lee Rogers captures a barrage of bodies being submerged in tropical Hawaiian waters at night. The images show a mastery of the chiaroscuro qualities of light, recalling the classic Rubens masterpiece, Massacre of the Innocents. With the subjects bent and distorted, bathed......read more

Seabed Sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor

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Artist collaborates with coral to create underwater museum

Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater sculptures serve a dual purpose. Not only do the figures and busts attract human admirers, but they also serve as habitat for marine life. Constructed from concrete and steel, the sculptures are bolted to the ocean floor where they act as artifical reefs that offer "an ideal habitat for filter feeding organisms."   The British artist's various......read more

Pharox Solar Kit

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Give the gift of light. Buy one solar light kit, send one to Africa. $49.95

SHFT is teaming up with Empowered by Light to help transform the lives of Zambian families in need. For a limited time, buy one Pharox Solar Kit, and SHFT will donate one to Empowered by Light's Project: ZAMBIA program, providing renewable energy solutions to Zambian homes with no access to electricity. The Pharox Solar Kit includes a small solar panel, a low-energy LED light bulb, and a built-in......read more

The Truth About Climate Change

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Legendary naturalist Richard Attenborough explains what convinced him about climate change.

In this clip, a graph attributes the rise in global temperature to human activities....read more

Underwater Dreamworlds by Susanna Majuri

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Reality and fiction collide and combine in fluid, sensual work from a Helsinki artist

Finnish fine art photographer Susanna Majuri invites viewers into surreal underwater worlds that provide settings for strange, open-ended narratives. In Majuri's photos, female subjects writhe and dance beneath the water, in front of background landscapes that the artist designs herself. With the dimensions blurred, the resulting images are fluid and sensual, creating the impression of masterful......read more

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