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SHOAL by Mandy Barker Depicts the Fragility of Life

 - Mar 12, 2014
References: mandy-barker & fastcoexist
SHOAL by Mandy Barker is a powerful and touching photo series that documents marine plastics left behind three years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Although the ocean debris has been artfully arranged in visually striking collages, the original images were captured on site as the United Kingdom-based photographer was invited to accompany the Japanese Tsunami Debris Expedition.

The month-long journey focused on various points between Japan and Hawaii. SHOAL by Mandy Barker may be the artistic result of such an experience, yet it encourages people to focus on the fragility of life. Barker writes, "Witnessing endless mountains of unrecovered personal possessions was unspeakable, but at the same time an essential experience which put into perspective the scale of human loss and the uncertainty of what lay in our journey ahead."