Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Commentary on Society

Photographer Chris Jordan makes visual statements about American consumerism which are beautiful and astonishing. He says, "The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits." Here are a few of his pieces, followed by a few detail shots:

Depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.

Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

1 comment:

Angie said...

WOW - that quote and those pictures are very convicting. I had never heard it put quite like that, and I was struck by how he said that everyone is anonymous, so no one is held accountable. May we continue to encourage one another to live simply and to not believe the lies that our society tells us about what we "need".