Gallery: Mandy Barker’s SOUP Photographs Bring Awareness to Ocean Trash

SOUP: Translucent, Ingredients: translucent plastic debris
The photography project was not initially conceived of as a study of the environmental impact of ocean trash, rather Barker told us, she was "interested in collecting natural objects from the shore." As she did so she "began to notice there was more and more man-made debris amongst [the natural objects]." At the same time, Barker notes "I came across an image of an albatross chick carcass that had died from ingesting plastics mistaken for food it had collected from the 'garbage patch,' it's stomach full of cigarette lighters and bottle tops. Following further research of how plastics affect marine life and ultimately end up in the human food chain, I felt this was a subject I could not turn away from."

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