Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM
For photographer Mandy Barker, the first step to making soup is gathering up litter.
Despite the name of Mandy Barker's photo series, this is not something you'd want to eat. "Soup," she writes, "is a description given to plastic debris suspended in the sea, and with particular reference to the mass accumulation that existsin an area of the north Pacific Ocean known as the Garbage Patch."
The "Pacific Garbage Patch" is essentially a mass of litter pushed out to sea by swirling currents. In case you missed it, last week we looked at Chris Jordan's photos that show how soda caps are killing birds — i.e., how albatrosses are mistaking that litter as food.
Mandy Barker says it was one of the things that inspired her. To make Soup, she gathered beached litter and arranged it in tidy displays.
Barker's book was recently a first runner-up in the student category of Photography Book Now's joint contest with Blurb. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]
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