17 Oct 2021

Mandy Barker's deceptive pictures of Pitcairn's sea bottom

From Standing Room Only, 12:48 pm on 17 October 2021

Plastic items from more than 25 different countries, including New Zealand, wash up on the remote Pitcairn Islands, posing a threat to a habitat that's home to unique and endangered species.

British photographer Mandy Barker visited the islands in 2019, and Aotearoa is about to see her disarmingly beautiful images of some of the six tonnes of plastic rubbish collected from the uninhabited UNESCO World Heritage-listed Henderson Island.

SHELF-LIFE is the title of the exhibition of Mandy's photos that will go on show at Auckland Museum, including pictures of toys, chess pieces, syringes, an ice skating boot and a toilet seat.

Lynn Freeman asked Mandy what makes Henderson Island unique.

SHELF-LIFE by Mandy Barker will open at Auckland Museum - anticipating a move to Level 3 Step Two - later this week.   For a limited time you can experience the exhibition online until Auckland Museum reopens.