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Work / Photography

Mandy Barker: Soup

As you read this, there is currently a gigantic mass of garbage floating around the northwest Pacific Ocean. It’s called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it’s speculated to be twice the size of France. While the thought of this makes most of us recoil, Mandy Barker has drawn inspiration from such abhorrence and created Soup, a phenomenal photography project documenting debris salvages from beaches all over the world. These exquisite arrangements play, she says, on the contradiction between “aesthetic attraction and a message of awareness”. A striking visual essay that makes a case for suffering oceans everywhere.