Altered Ocean

4 Apr 2019 – 23 Jun 2019

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£7.00 Standard, Free Under 18s*, Free RPS members (with valid membership card), £5.00 Concessions

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The Royal Photographic Society

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Altered Ocean is a powerful exhibition that raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, highlighting the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves.


Altered Ocean, documents Mandy Barker’s visual journey as a photographic artist combining science, with the issue of marine plastic pollution. Large-scale prints from her series: INDEFINITE, SOUP, SHOAL, Hong Kong Soup 1826, Penalty, and Beyond Drifting, provide an insight into her journey and connection with the issue over the past 10 years. Supporting sketchbooks and research notes connect the relationship between the practical work and the research that informs it. Plastic and scientific samples allow the visitor to engage fully with the current critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Barker demonstrates how she presents the recovered objects with the intention to engage the viewer through aesthetics, then to shock and disturb through text and information. The achievements in relation to this work show the power of photography to communicate, educate and inform, but above all it will further help to create awareness by altering human behavior, and ultimately empower change.

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The Royal Photographic Society

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Mandy Barker