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Chris Jordan - Receipt for the production of humans


Chris Jordan's photographic work is a receipt for the production of humans. His series Running the Numbers utilizes a mass quantity of objects to make a whole image. When your looking at the image just remember that your one of those specks which makes the portrait.

Jordan's new series entitled Midway - Message from the Gyre is gut wrenching. The images are similar in style to a still life of a bowl of fruit, but the bowl is the remains of a young albatross chick. These birds starved to death or suffered from other complications due to eating (what they thought was food ) plastic. These bright coloured, half recognizable shards seem like parasites which have outlasted their host. I don't want to sound like a tinfoil hatter but don't these images seem like a warning sign of sorts???


"These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent."