Thirza Schaap’s Plastic Ocean Photographs

Creating art that furthers awareness of ocean pollution, Dutch photographer Thirza Schaap collects trash from Clifton Beach, Cape Town and makes something quite pretty from it. Arranging various items (from straws to flip-flops) into sculptures, she then photographs the strange works of art, and the results are delicate-looking, pastel beauties. Schaap says it’s frightening how much waste washes up on the beach. “I love the faded colors so much… But there’s a contradiction between the attraction and repulsion,” she says. “It made me realize what we’ve done.” Read more about the series at i-D.