Barry Rosenthal’s Photos of Ocean Plastic

Using Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field (located on Jamaica Bay) as his source, Barry Rosenthal collects plastic pollution from the water and photographs it—oftentimes in monochrome or artful arrangements—to showcase just how much we waste. Every time he sets out on a new piece, he cleans a stretch of the beach (and encourages others to do the same) and keeps the items found for months or years, until they fit into one of his artworks. “We need a paradigm shift in all packaging design,” he tells National Geographic. “Not just plastic bags and straw bans to make people feel good.”