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Chris Jordan – amazing photographer

Connecticut-born Chris Jordan is a rarity in the world of photography. His ability to combine beautiful photographs with hard-hitting political messages is both amazing and unique. While outwardly very impressive, it’s only when one looks closer at the photos that their message becomes apparent.

Jordan’s Ben Franklin illustrates the number of dollars spent every hour by the government of the United States on the war in Iraq (125,000 one-hundred dollar bills, that is, $12.5 million).

Many of Jordan’s works are created from photographs of garbage and mass consumption, a serendipitous technique which started when he visited an industrial yard to look at patterns of color and order. His industrious passion for conservation and awareness has brought much attention to his photography in recent years. Jordan uses everyday commonalities such as a plastic cup and defines the blind unawareness involved in American consumerism. His work, while often unsettling, is a bold message about unconscious behaviors in our everyday lives, leaving it to the viewer to draw conclusions about the inevitable consequences which will arise from our habits.


Depicts 92,500 agricultural plant seeds, equal to one hundredth of one percent of the number of people in the world today who suffer from malnutrition. To illustrate the entire statistic with 925 million seeds would require ten thousand prints of this image, covering more than eight football fields.


Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months. Based on a painting by Van Gogh.




Dog and Cat Collars, 2009. Depicts ten thousand dog and cat collars, equal to the average number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in the United States every day


Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.

Here, Jordan talks about his work and the effects of consumerism on Earth.

The pictures featured cannot do Jordan’s work justice, and we at Amazing Stuff urge you to click onto his website where viewer’s can navigate his photographs and the individual pieces that make up his work.

Pics from ChrisJordan.com
Vid from TED
Kudos to Rosie Jeffries for the tip

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