Thursday, October 22, 2009

Killer Plastic

This is rough stuff. I hope you have your stomachs ready. From photographer Chris Jordan's website: "These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent." Wow.

Stop throwing shit in the street, out the window, or elsewhere. Town Lake in Austin is disgustingly dirty after a hard rain, and the same goes for our oceans. These pictures are only a tiny sliver of the larger mess that obviously can't be photographed en masse.

An artistic environmental statement:

1 comment:

Chris Brown said...

Powerful stuff! Thanks for posting and reinforcing the message I have preached for years.

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