Monday, May 28, 2012

Artist of the Week: Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is a photographer whose series Midway: Message from Gyre (2009-Current) I found on one of my favorite blogs over a year ago and I haven't been able to shake it since. His images of dead baby albatrosses are at once devastating and hauntingly beautiful. Taken on Midway Atoll, a remote group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean over two thousand miles away from San Francisco and Japan, Jordan photographs the disintegrating bodies of birds who have died from eating the brightly colored pieces of plastic their parents mistake for food floating in the ocean and feed them in the nest. To see these images of so many birds' deaths as the direct result of discarded human waste is truly awful. All that's left of these majestic birds are a few feathers, bones, and a collection of plastic objects that will remain long after their bodies decay into the earth. The artist has also begun capturing the life and death of these birds with video that will soon be released as a documentary:
Much of his work deals with portraits of consumption, consumerism,
and questions of responsibility. You can see more on his website: 

- Cathleen 

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