Images from Barry Rosenthal’s photo series Found in Nature
Rosenthal on his project:
My quest for shooting Photobotanicals took me from the countryside to the beach. While scouting for beach grasses, I found many scattered plastic bottle tops, pop tops and other detritus. There was too much of this stuff to just leave it where it washed up.
It had to be cleaned up. Using my collection bags, I cleaned up the beach. Themes for this new series began to run through my head. There were so many bottle caps, lighters and shotgun shells that my excitement grew with every new find that went into the bag. I decided to give these found objects a way of expressing something else about nature. It seems, given time the plastic would take over and replace nature. It is evident in the Found in Nature collection that the work of caring for the environment is yet to begin.