Seaweed feels the full brunt of an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. For many, the only time they notice the sea-dwelling flora is when they feel its tingly, slimy embrace while swimming close to shore.
But seaweed is far more complex and beautiful than it's given credit for.
Artist and avid beachcomber Joise Iselin fell in love with seaweed’s intense colors and complex forms. She collected more than 200 specimens from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts, and produced portraits of them using a flatbed scanner. In her new book An Ocean Garden, she tells the story of some of her favorites.
Pictured: Bonnemaisonia californica