Chris Jordan has done some great portraits and eye opening work about the consumptionism of America, entitled "running the numbers". He is a great photographer from Seattle and this project really caught my attention. It is very relevant now since this is part of the reason we are in the situation we are. It is nice to see the actual math and statistics in a format that the everyday user can really get a clear idea of what it means. I would love for Chris to do a piece of our current debt or our the stimulus package. If you get a chance check out his latest running the numbers the shark one will blow your mind.
Here is a quote about his work from Chris Jordan" Running the Numbers An American Self-Portrait Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming. ~chris jordan, Seattle, 2008 "