Running the Numbers

04.15.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Chris Jordan, a talented artist and cultural activist, looks at contemporary American culture and portrays statistics through captivating photos. Each image he has created shows a specific number–whether it be the two million plastic beverage bottles used in the U.S. every five minutes or 1.14 million brown paper bags used in the U.S. every hour. Chris Jordan uses statistics through his lens in hopes to portray these quantities in a more effective way than just seeing the number on a piece of paper. It allows an individual to actually connect to the data and understand how much of a detrimental effect one person can have on the environment.

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Each image is different and exemplifies a different statistic of consumption in the U.S.

Click on each image to zoom in and see just how many items each picture contains.

Breanne Penkala

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