© Mandy Barker
Our Plastic Ocean is an exhibition by international award-winning photographer Mandy Barker. It addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution.
Barker collects debris from shorelines across the world and transforms them into powerful and captivating images.
From accompanying scientists on an expedition from Hawaii to Japan, tracing the debris of the 2011 Tsunami, to a voyage on board Greenpeace’s Beluga II to the Inner Hebrides, Mandy Barker has followed a trail of plastic pollution across the globe. The images resulting from these expeditions have become some of the most recognisable visual commentary on marine plastic pollution.
The exhibition includes the the series Soup, meticulously detailed composite images of discarded plastic objects; Albatross revealing 276 pieces of plastic found inside the stomach of a 90 day old albatross chick; and Beyond Drifting, which sees Barker trace the footsteps of nineteenth century botanist John Vaughan Thompson who collected plankton specimens, the ocean’s most basic life form.
Barker says, “For the past decade, I have researched and documented the impact of oceanic waste, combining art and science to raise awareness. I hope to inspire positive action in tackling this increasing environmental challenge which is of global concern”.
An Impressions Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Angela Sheard.
Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries
Dunfermline KY12 7NL, UK