Underwater trash photos look like scenes from an alien world

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The subjects of Mandy Barker's photographs look like creatures from another world, but they're actually quite mundane: discarded fishing nets, plastic bottles, and toothpaste tubes. They're from debris that has washed ashore on beaches around the world.

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Barker photographed these bits of trash to make them look like they're still suspended in the water, creating strange alien scenes. But even though the objects in these photos aren't alive, they're still dangerous, killing ocean life wherever the garbage floats on the ocean's surface.

Soup [Mandy Barker via TreeHugger]

Illustration for article titled Underwater trash photos look like scenes from an alien world
Illustration for article titled Underwater trash photos look like scenes from an alien world
Illustration for article titled Underwater trash photos look like scenes from an alien world
Illustration for article titled Underwater trash photos look like scenes from an alien world

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You might want to go read the source article.

These are NOT photos of underwater trash. It's photos of trash taken from beaches arranged in a way that was inspired by the soup under the Garbage Patch. These photos were taken in a studio in a narrative sequence.