Photographer Chris Jordan Speaks About Oceanic Plastic Pollution

Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment.

Here is a presentation he gave at PopTech 2009, where he talks about an incredibly important environmental issue: plastic pollution.

His artwork, Running the Numbers II, displays a digital mosaic made from  plastic waste collected from the Pacific Ocean. This image depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour (though in his PopTech talk, he says that actual hourly oceanic plastic pollution is likely much higher than this estimate).

His project, Midway: Message from the Gyre, is a collection of horrific images of baby albatrosses killed by ingesting plastics. You can see that while their bodies have partially decomposed, the plastics remain.