Chris Jordan Photography

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Chris Jordan explores large format photography to depict the extent of our mass consumption.

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Chris Jordan

His exhibit, “Running the Numbers: Portraits of Mass Consumption” will show through May 9 at the Museum of Science.

He remarks, “The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits.

As an American consumer myself, I am in no position to finger wag; but I do know that when we reflect on a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space may exist the possibility of some evolution of thought or action. So my hope is that these photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake.”

Bring Your Own Mug

Paper Cups, 2008
60×96″
Depicts 410,000 paper cups, equal to the number of disposable hot-beverage paper cups used in the US every fifteen minutes.

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Carry a Reusable Shopping Bag

Plastic Bags, 2007
60×72″
Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.

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Cans Seurat, 2007
60×92″
Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

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Plastic Cups, 2008
60×90″
Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.

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Detail at actual print size:

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Plastic Bottles, 2007
60×120″
Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

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