Chris Jordan’s Photographs of Bird Carcasses With Stomachs Full Of Plastic

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth. Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here.

~cj, Seattle, February 2011″

For updates on Chris Jordan”s upcoming film MIDWAY, visit www.midwayjourney.com.

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Chris Jordan and Laura Ball

chris jordan and laura ball

The Kopeikin Gallery

Chris Jordan: “Running The Numbers… Again”

Laura Ball: “Boundary of the Interior”

September 12th through October 17th, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12th from 6:00 – 9:00

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