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Art Link: Chris Jordan



By  johanna wattimena     1:45 PM    Labels:, 
Chris Jordan, a lawyer turned big scale photographer is doing this amazing work on series called "Running With Numbers". It depicts the idea that people could not comprehend numbers bigger than thousands. Like, how much is $660,693,000,000 - the money US spends on Iraq war as of today. or, how much is 384,403 km, the distance between moon and earth. I can't even comprehend the distance between the states and indonesia. seriously. Anyway, Chris was giving a lecture at Cornish College of The Arts and it was inspiring to say the least.

Chris started this "environmental" photographs since 2003, with his "Intolerable Beauty" exhibition in which he shot american mass-production recycling systems. One of the exhibit is this 44x90" well-known shot of cellphones in atlanta, taken by the Hubble Satellite.


The amount of waste we consumers gave out is so scary that we, the culprits, does not realize the amount of damage we created to our environment. we were numb to all these statistics about death, or the down slopping of tuna population because of over-fishing, or the alarming rate of teenage suicide. Chris wanted to emphasize on the magnitude of this problems through his photographs. and i do think this one technique he did was revolutionary. let these shots explain themselves.

Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour. yes, there are 1.14 million brown paper bags in this shot. this 60x80" of photograph is arranged in photoshop from countless 10 mpx shots of stacked paper bags. the photograph is so big, and extremely high resolution that once you walked in close you can actually see the individual paper that made these bags!





the 10 mpx image

Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).





now guess what are these images made out of.




yes, you have to go this closer than this to see the scrutinized details.

ps: these are billions of prison uniforms, stacked like a wallpaper.

About johanna wattimena

An explorer driven by curiosity. This blog is one of the longest commitment she manage to keep.