Everyday Objects Photographed to Look Like Sea Creatures

The Pacific Trash Vortex, also known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” is an area the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean in which there’s 6 times the amount of plastic as there is natural plankton. Photographer Kim Preston wanted to draw attention to this growing problem, so she shot a series of photographs titled Plastic Pacific that features everyday household plastic objects made to look like the sea life they’re choking to death.

The simple concept was executive with a minimal budget and a very simple setup. Preston tells that she shot the photos using a Nikon D5000, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens, Nikon SB600 flash, and Wesctott 43-inch Orb in her backyard shed.

All the objects (except the straws) were hanging from a clothes rack with an extended arm. The backdrop was some blue fabric stapled to the wall. Everything was held together using fishing line, double-sided tape, and gaffer tape. For the bags and shower caps, Preston would quickly puff them up and/or blow into them before snapping a shot with a wireless shutter release.

Each sea creature was captured by itself, so post-processing involved stitching the images together and color matching them in Photoshop.

She had originally planned to shoot the entire series inside a large fish tank, but her lack of budget forced her to become more creative with her methods and literally think outside the box. At the very end, Preston added some artificial brush strokes in Photoshop to create the illusion that everything was captured underwater.

(via Kim Preston via Feature Shoot)

Image credits: Photographs by Kim Preston and used with permission

  • Kris J Boorman

    Hot damn!

  • michaelp42

    Nicely done!

  • Leonardo Abreu


  • John R

    Awesome. Great skills, vision and purpose. A rare combination.

  • Jack R

    meaningless and dull

  • Gerd Kalesse


  • Fred Nerks

    Brilliant! And well done!

  • Fred Nerks

    Like some of the people who post comments, here?

  • JosephRT

    I think it is absolutely genius

  • Katharine Harper

    It’s not meaningless. Let me spell it out: turtles see things like this all the time and attempt to eat them. It kills them. There is too much plastic waste in our oceans.

  • Marklivesinla

    Love it! Clever, gorgeous and relevant.

  • Trytolimitplasticinyourday

    This goes a long way to showing that brilliant and creative work can be done on a tight budget. Thak you for posting these pictures about a serious environmental problem.

  • Dave Vaughan

    Very cool idea and nicely done!

  • Sterling

    Well done. Great concept.

  • China Highlights

    Great originality.

  • Kris J Boorman

    I like how a lot of them resemble actual sea creatures.

    Manta Ray
    Tube Worm
    Whale Shark

  • FDKarl

    This is brilliant and beggs the questions why do we allow this “plastic highway” to exist

  • mycrasher

    original and very beautiful and what a seriously important and relevant subject. love that she used her creativity to help highlight this problem. its so sad

  • Jonathan Everitt

    Unsettling and damn well executed. These need to receive media and exhibition coverage.

  • Jamie Dickinson

    Very creative and very well shot!