UK photographer Mandy Barker developed a series of images entitled ‘soup’ which depicts plastics and discarded items salvaged from beaches around the world.
The title wants to make reference to the mass accumulation of refuse that exists in the area of the north pacific ocean, also known as the ‘garbage patch’. For each still, individual pieces of plastic are photographed on a black background as well as in combination with other articles of a similar size. Then Mandy Barker overlays these images with one another, illustrating the smallest up to the largest items of trash, creating a feeling of depth and suspension in the final visual.
The sequence of the photographs reveal a narrative which begins with the initial attraction of plastics to sea creatures, their attempted ingestion, ending with their ultimate death represented through ‘soup: ruinous remembrance’. ‘Soup: 500+’ wraps up the collection of photos, a complete contrast to the earlier images, portraying the fatal consequence of ingestion by illustrating a more compact arrangement. It suggests how the plastics would have existed in close proximity to each other when within the stomach of a dead sea creature.