Soup

‘Soup’ is the term for plastic debris suspended in the sea. It particularly refers to the mass accumulation in the North Pacific Ocean widely known as the ‘Garbage Patch’.

The plastics photographed for this series have been collected from beaches around the world. They represent a global collection of debris that demonstrates the mass of plastic in our seas.

Barker says, ‘This series concerns the relationship that sea creatures have with plastics. The creatures are initially attracted to the plastics and attempt to eat them, leading ultimately to their death.’

Listen to Barker talking about the Soup photographs here:

Click on each image to look more closely. The captions list the ‘ingredients’ that have been assembled to make the soup in each image.

SOUP: BIRD’S NEST
SOUP: RUINOUS REMEMBRANCE
LIGHTER from the series HONG KONG SOUP: 1826
SOUP: 500+
WILDLIFE from the series HONG KONG SOUP: 1826
SOUP: BURNT
SOUP: REFUSED