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Environmental Artist Mandy Barker's Undersea Photographs Are Actually Plastic Pollution

Mandy Barker is an international, award-winning environmental photographer. Her work showcase marine plastic debris from a hauntingly beautiful outlook. For the past 12 years, Barker has worked with scientists to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and she has received global recognition for her work. The aim of Barker’s work is to provoke a reaction from the viewer to take action. Her work is often shocking and highlights the harmful affect plastic pollution is having on marine life and ourselves.

Spanning over 50 countries, Barker’s work has been recognised, published, and exhibited internationally. In 2019, Barker took part in the ‘Henderson Island Plastic Pollution Expedition’ which has been awarded the title of an ‘Explorers Club Flag Expedition’. This tremendous achievement included recording data as well as photographing marine plastic pollution.

Barker often speaks internationally about her work to engage people with the issue of plastic pollution.

"The aim of my work is to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction along with the subsequent message of awareness. The research process is a vital part of my development as the images I make are based on scientific fact, essential to the integrity of my work. The impact of marine plastic is an area I have documented for more than 10 years and am committed to pursuing through visual interpretation, and in collaboration with science I hope it will ultimately lead to positive action in tackling this increasing environmental problem, which is currently of global concern".

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Yours ethically,

Holly Moon, Content Manager

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