A parallel Worlds

Sunday April 18 2010 / Art & Design

Although the phrase "A picture is worth a 1000 words" often used, rarely has been so apt in this series of images by photographer Chris Jordan.

While many of us may now be aware of the the vast problem pollution causes in the oceans, especially plastics, "out of sight, out of mind" is perhaps anothe accurate adage. Chris Jordan brings the issue into sight with these very moving images.

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, 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 3200kms/2000 miles from the nearest continent.

For more information, please vist www.chrisjordan.com

Suggested by
Maximilian Büsser