In honor of Earth Day, here’s a treat from The Colbert Report, an interview with Seattle photographer Chris Jordan. Jordan takes the waste products of our mass culture — such as cell phones, aluminum cans, cigarette butts — considers statistics about their consumption, and creates photographic works of art that, he hopes, will disgust you.
The series is called Running the Numbers, and in it he “turns the waste and refuse of contemporary society into abstract compositions of pattern, light, and color with a stunning clarity and impressive level of detail.” His work is currently on show at the Allen Memorial Arts Museum at Oberlin College.
See his current work. Learn more about Earth Day.
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