Alejandro Durán: The Washed Up project

Alejandro Durán: The Washed Up project

Plastic and nature…two different elements which normally do not fit together, or? Alejandro Durán has shown the world the opposite. He collected old washed up bottles, chairs, lids, buckets and other plastic waste along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and turned them into something beautiful.

Alejandro Durán

Alejandro Durán is a talented photographer, poet and filmmaker. He is currently teaching at the International Center of Photography at the Museum of Art in New York. At the same time he also produced and directed many videos for the Columbia University and The Museum of Arts and Design. Alejandro Durán likes to focus on art, fashion  and nature when he is taking pictures.

A picture of Alejandro DuránA picture of Alejandro Durán (©

Yucatán Peninsula

The beautiful Yucatán Peninsula is located in the southeast of Mexico and separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. The coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula is famous for the beautiful beaches, palms, seldom turtles and birds.

A turtle swims along the reefA turtle swims along the reef (©

Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka’an is a well-known Biosphere Reserve which was designated as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987. The national park is located in the east of the Yucatán Peninsula, 150 kilometer south from Cancun. The ancient Mayas already called Sian Ka’an “Where heaven was born”. In the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve  you can find a beautiful ecotourism and education center which generates his revenues through accommodations and various tours.

The beautiful beach of Sian Ka'anThe beautiful beach of Sian Ka’an (©

Garbage turns into treasure

Every year the ocean carries tons of garbage from all parts of the world to the coast of the national park Sian Ka’an. Alejandro Durán collected a lot of the garbage and created specific sculptures in the Biosphere Reserve. He called the photography project: Washed Up. Below you can find some pictures of the project.

A red plastic river through the bushes of MexicoA red plastic river through the bushes of Mexico (©

Colorful water holesColorful water holes (©

Have you ever seen a tree with orange platic fruits? Have you ever seen a tree with orange plastic fruits? (©

Pink flip-flops within rock rubblesPink flip-flops within rock rubbles (©

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Maria is a passionate traveller and it all started 10 years ago in Australia. Since that 1,5 year trip she cannot get enough. Maria tries to be as sustainable as possible and loves to cook.



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