Nebulae plaurosbrathic. Specimen Collected from Carrigaloe Estuary, from the series Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, 2016
Inkjet Print, Fuji Archive Photo Pearl Pro, Printed in 2017, Edition 3/5
15 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches, signed in ink on certificate
Courtesy of the artist
Mandy Barker is an award-winning British photographer working in the United Kingdom. Since graduating in 2011 with a master’s degree in photography from De Montfort University, Leicester, England, she has received international recognition for her work involving plastic marine debris. Her series SOUP has been published in over twenty countries and has appeared in TIME, Smithsonian, The Guardian, Wired, and GEO, as well as on CNN. Barker’s work raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans while highlighting its harmful effect on marine life and, ultimately, on human life. Her more recent series, Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, highlights current scientific research indicating that plankton are now ingesting microplastic particles. In 2017, the series was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet Award, the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability, and exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; it is now touring fifteen countries as a part of the Prix Pictet Space exhibition.