Running the Numbers

An American Sel-Portrait, by Chris Jordan

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This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones retired every day. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.

Thanks Andrej for the link 🙂

PS: I attended a public viewing of the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” whilst in Belgium. I was aware of global warming but didnt quite know the extent of it all. Seeing photos of glaciers taken 70 yrs ago and comparing the ice cap with what’s remaining of it is very scary yet vital for us to see. It really comforted me that we all need to take more responsibility with what we consume, how we package what we consume, and how we dispose of our wastes. Thanks Al Gore for campaigning for such an important vital cause! An Inconvenient Truth, directed by David Guggenheim

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