Environmentalist and social issue activist Chris Jordon speaks to his global audience through the eye of the lens. His artful photographic works in Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait portray the extent of very real issues by including not just figures of the statistics, but pictures of the statistics themselves. These photographs easily captured my attention, for the tales that they tell and the artistic concepts that astound me.
Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.
Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.).
Depicts 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spends every hour on the war in Iraq.
Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.
Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).
Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months. Based on a painting by Van Gogh.
Jordon, C. (2009). Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait. Washington, USA. Washington State University.