‘Soup’ is a general description given to plastic flotsam and jetsam that is suspended in the ocean. It’s also a specific reference to the accumulated refuse in a zone of the North Pacific Ocean, known as the ‘garbage patch’. British photographer Mandy Barker has created a series of photo collages called ‘Soup’ which portrays these disposed items and marine plastic debris collected from shorelines around the world.
For each one of those photographies, Barker has shot assorted bits of plastic and other refuse on dark background, arranged with articles of a comparable size. After that, the photographer overlays those pictures, outlining the scale of sea waste, adding depth and clear message to the finished visual: the harmful effect of plastic pollution on the world’s seas, marine life and ultimately humanity itself.
'Lost At Sea' ? to further raise awareness from my exhibition at #thedeephull for #hullcityofculture2017 enter the competition to win one of my signed Limited Edition IKEA posters – now sold out – by answering a simple question about my work on @thedeephull Facebook page #marineplastic #beachcleanup #plasticpollutes #environment #sustainable #plasticwaste #marinedebris #lostatsea #photography #art #artspeaks
SOUP: Turtle (detail) Marine Debris Plastic Turtles recovered on beach in Alaska after escaping from a container that sank into the Pacific Ocean in 1992. Found in 2008 these bath toy turtles have existed in the North Pacific Gyre for 16 years. #plastic#debris#turtles#alaska#pacific#pollution#sea#1992#bathtoyturtles#rare#16years
UP & AWAY ?… marine plastic debris balloons collected from around the world. Ingredients; various balloons, includes McDonald’s Happy Meal – Happy? Over 90% of released balloons rise to an altitude of 5 miles then burst into small fragments, the rest remain inflated before descending back down, with most eventually ending up in the sea posing detrimental effects to wildlife.
INDEFINITE – 30 Years PVC Fisherman's gloves Corals are destroyed when discarded fishing equipment, such as overalls, gloves, discarded lobster pots and nets drag along the ocean floor. Coral reefs provide home for lots of species most in which are also affected. #thinkbeforeyouthrow#plasticfree#gloves#environment#photography
‘EVERY… snowflake is different’ White plastic debris recovered from oceans & beaches around the world. (Snow flurry includes: draught piece, padlock, industrial mask, bread tie, margarine tub, cake decoration pillar, paracetamol packaging, syringe, oil cap, plunger, paintbrush handle, hard hat, dummy, fishing reel, bobbin, pump dispenser, horse’s leg, garden furniture chair leg, tooth pic, propeller, glasses arm, flask lid, fire alarm casing, tie hanger, ceiling rose, ball of tape, football, clothing hook, hot drinks lid, plate, sewing reel, party mask, shard, tile spacer, pen top, aerosol nozzle, hat, toothpaste tube, tops, caps, lids, balloon valve, washing peg, rivet, pipe bracket, knife, fork, spoon, lolly stick, arrow, sucker, handle, milk capsule, straw, egg holder, firework holder, coat hanger, balloon, drinks stirrer, carton, 90º angle, tent peg, medicine tablet lid, toilet deodorising holder, tube, plumbing flange, seal, sweet container, tic tac lid, comb, wheel, link, hoop, wrist band, thread, bottle, nut, football cone, screw, face mask, tray, ring pull, plug, shower rail hook, pan, steering wheel, frisbee, bubble blower, angel wings). #photography #art #marinedebris #plasticwaste #environmentalawareness #beachclean #microplastic
'Hong Kong Soup: Transform' Recovered marine plastic debris action toys and transformers reflect inadequate disposal of children's toys, with the message to TRANSFORM habit and behaviour regarding the waste issue in Hong Kong, with the emphasis being to take ACTION. (Toys part of a collection recovered from various beaches in Hong Kong over 3 years). #beachcleanup #timeforchange #UNEP #marinepollution #marinelife #photography #art #plasticwaste #plasticpollution #environmentalawareness