Chris Jordan, trash photographer



I discovered photographer Chris Jorndan‘s series “Intolerable Beauty: Potraits of American Mass Consumption” via a helpful tipster yesterday.  The panel above is ripped from the artist’s stock images on his site and links back there, where you can view a wide selection of his work.  I highly recommend a click through.

Here’s some of what Jordan has to say about these landscapes of consumption:

“Exploring around our country’s shipping ports and industrial yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed to view like eroded layers in the Grand Canyon, I find evidence of a slow-motion apocalypse in progress. I am appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity. “

4 Responses to “Chris Jordan, trash photographer”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Wow, his photographs are unbelievable, haunting and terrfiying, but beautiful at the same time. BRAVO

  2. dumpstertaoist Says:

    This to me is the promise of digital photography: digital process being used to handle massive amounts of visual data to present something really mind-blowing. Just awesome. Wanna see in person so much!

  3. everydaytrash Says:

    I know, they’re surreal. There’s something about the colors that make me want to stare at the boxcar and metal drums for a long time: a kind of muted, vintage-looking rainbow.

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