Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals encapsulates in miniature the much larger environmental problems of an imperfect world. This work presents a unique collection of plankton specimens related to the pioneering discoveries made by naturalist JV Thompson in Cork Harbour during the 1800s. These recently found specimens are deceptive, however, and mysteriously conceal their true origin.
Plankton form a diverse group of microscopic marine organisms that are unable to swim against powerful ocean currents; they exist in a drifting, floating state, enveloped in the black deep.
As fragile as they are, current scientific research shows that plankton ingest microplastic particles, mistaking them for food. Plankton are a crucial source of food for larger creatures up the food chain – compounding the grave impact of plastics on marine life and, ultimately, humans. Plastic debris is now ubiquitous in the Anthropocene, the period since humanity has had a significant impact on our global environment, and today nearly all living creatures are affected by its widespread contamination.
The plankton specimens in this work are beautifully photographed objects of marine plastic debris, recovered from the same location as naturalist John Vaughan Thompson’s plankton samples from 200 years ago. Long-exposure photographs record movements of recovered plastic objects floating in a black void, captured on expired film and with faulty cameras. Film grain is intentionally visible, alluding to microplastic particles being ingested. Each specimen has a new scientific name reflecting early Latin origins and containing the word ‘plastic’ hidden within its title.
Based in Leeds UK, Mandy Barker is an international award winning photographer whose work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals was shortlisted for the 2017 Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability.
Barker’s work has been published widely including in TIME, National Geographic, Wired, The Financial Times, The Guardian, VICE, Smithsonian, and in numerous photographic publications. She has exhibited worldwide including at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Photographers Gallery and Somerset House in London, The Aperture Foundation in New York, and The Science and Technology Park in Hong Kong. She was awarded the LensCulture Earth Award in 2015 and The Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary in 2012 which enabled her to join scientists for a research expedition in the tsunami debris field in the Pacific Ocean.
This body of work is shortlisted for the 2017 Prix Pictet (SPACE), the global award in photography and sustainability. All shortlisted photographers exhibit their works 5-28 May 2017 at the V&A in London. See www.prixpictet.com
Also exhibiting in 2017 at: 24 March – 23 April at FORMAT Photography Festival HABITAT June – July at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Cork, Ireland
Our strap holder needed to be beautifully crafted and made from woollen tweeds from the famous Abraham Moon and Sons Mill. We use these luxurious fabrics to line our leather Watch Wallet and to make a series of tweed straps.With the Strap Kit you receive (if you choose) 2 x 2.5mm Schofield screwdrivers, 1 x 1.6mm Schofield screwdriver and Lug Protection (stickers that cover the lugs during a strap change). The Strap Kit is fabricated in Moon Mill's worsted wool. The inside is lined in Alcantara with sand coloured cotton twill pockets. It fastens shut with two hand-stitched hidden poppers, then folds over and is closed with an oversized hand-made horn button. The holder itself has 14 pockets for any straps with a maximum width of 25mm and 3 screwdriver pockets.The Strap Kit does not come with straps but is ready for you to fill. Schofield drivers, purpose made for changing straps on Schofield watches.This Kit is only available to those that own a Schofield watch.
So loved by its owners the long sold out Watch Wallet is back. Romantically named 'version 2' has been tweaked and improved with a new zip puller, new embossings, new linings and slightly larger in all dimensions. Made in England and in limited numbers. The Watch Wallet will hold a spare watch or two, boarding pass, passport, cigar tube and monies.
This is our take on a fidget spinner it is the latest craze to sweep the world. It is without doubt that we definitely, definitely don’t get involved in fads and crazes but this is just too cool to ignore and anyway we have had this little treasure in the pipeline for…well, a while. And ours is probably the most compelling of them all.If you have not seen or played with a fidget spinner then it is hard to grasp what on earth the fuss is about. Trust me when you hold one you cannot help but spin it. Whether you are watching television, in a meeting, on the train or just walking, you simply cannot put it down. The Schofield Compeller is bronze with stainless steel grips. It has a hybrid ceramic bearing of such quality that when spun hard the thing will go for over 5 minutes. It will last forever and change colour as you go.The price indicated includes VAT if you are outside Europe this will be deducted at the checkout.
An everyday carry, UK legal, back pocket, old friend. A knife made exclusively for Schofield by Michael Morris, master knife maker from Michigan USA. UK legal, non-locking, folding knife intended for every day carry (EDC).