Live Blogging OG09: Chris Jordan’s Photography Presentation

Posted on 07. Nov, 2009 by in Design & Culture

chrisjordanbirdOGI think I speak for everyone in the Covell Center main ballroom when I say Chris Jordan’s photos of the remains of sea birds, killed by the plastic they unwittingly ate, were arresting. Saddening. Maddening. And hopefully, inspiring.

The photos are of dead albatrosses on the island of Midway, one of the most remote islands in the Pacific. Mother albatrosses on Midway gather bits of plastic floating in the Pacific and bring it home to their chicks, mistakening the plastic for food. The chicks eat the plastic and then die by the thousands. What’s left, after their bodies decompose, is the plastic that killed them. It’s unsettling — like our consumption has consumed these birds from within, like a cancer. Another way to the think about it, is that for a billion years, when animals die, their remains are reintegrated into the natural world. But no longer.

I can’t think of a clearer call to action on the environment. For more of Chris Jordan’s photos, check out his website:

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3 Responses to “Live Blogging OG09: Chris Jordan’s Photography Presentation”

  1. J A Ginsburg

    08. Nov, 2009

    Hello, I was fortunate enough to see Chris Jordan’s “Midway: Message from the Gyre” photograph at PopTech a couple of weeks ago. Stunning… A few related links:
    The slideshow on YouTube (unfortunately, Chris has a masked url on his website so every single page has the same url…): There is also a very good “Midway Journey” project website / blog: The team also included filmmakers, a poet and an activist. The latter, Manuel Maqueda, founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition: Right now on, an aggregator that focuses on health issues, humanitarian work and technology, we have a large group of links on plastic pollution (the site changes regularly, but all the links go into a searchable database). Perhaps the most shocking stat for me is that the world will have produced as much plastic in the first decade of the 21st century as in the entire 20th century. Not good…

  2. Alan

    09. Nov, 2009

    How can something like this happen to one of the remotest places in the world? Just think, long after the bird’s remains are gone, all that plastic will still be there to kill again…

  3. capturepod

    14. Jun, 2013

    A sad thing to hear about. This photograph has explained the whole story. But sad that its happening around. I agree with Alan as the point of view of Alan is quite right. This photograph has said it all. It has another side also as it shows the talent of the photographer too. The photographer is quite good because due to his efforts, whole picture is clear in front of everyone. Keep posting such photos so that everyone knows about the issues around whosoever can help is aware about the fact. Liked the photography presentation. keep it u. This is PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A CAUSE. Nice work.

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