Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait

Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.

Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour. photo credit: Chris Jordan

I just learned of photographer/artist Chris Jordan’s brilliant exhibition, Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait. Chris combines specific quantities of something (such as plastic cups), statistics (one million plastic cups are used on airline flights in the US every six hours) and photographic inventiveness to present viewers with a real and stark understanding of America’s outrageous consumption patterns.

Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours. photo credit: Chris Jordan

You can view the complete Running the Numbers series on Chris Jordan’s website.

Keep in mind: The images are not Photoshop creations. You are viewing the actual number of items such as toothpicks, plastic bottles, etc. as enumerated in the captions.

Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait

By Tara Joyce Time to Read: 1 min