Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Get depressed

Amazing. And sickening. Chris Jordan photographed these albatross carcusses (and many others) on Midway Island, to show us exactly where our litter goes.

"These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent."

-Chris Jordan , Oct 2009

What a world we live in.


Blogger Joe said...

This phenomenon was also covered in this month's Rolling Stone magazine...

It is called the Great Pacific Garbage patch, which is twice the size of the state of Texas.


It is crazy.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Erik Donald France said...

You always know how to cheer a dude up. The world is pretty well fucked. Adn yet, and yet . . . we can still try to be better, can't we?

10:24 PM  
Blogger Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Tui,

Those pictures are really something! I hadn't seen them before -- really haunting.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Michelle's Spell said...

Hi Tui,

Merry Christmas, honey! Miss you!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy new year... we miss u and wonder.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Happy 2010, Tui!

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 2010! Hope all is well with you.

5:22 PM  

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