Monday, September 20, 2010

Sculpture and Plastic- Photographer Chris Jordan

Trash doesn't just disappear from our curbs to vanish from the earth. Well, maybe it does leave the earth, but only to appear in the oceans. Look at photographer Chris Jordan's Midway series.
Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan

Jordan says: "These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, 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." ~cj, Seattle, October 2009
These images have haunted me. How do we live in our  throw away world without leaving piles of trash, sculptures of death everywhere?

1 comment:

Theresa Cheek said...

Very strong makes me very sad to see this. Yes, we need to examine our carbon footprint and not be a nation of excess.