Running the Numbers | An American Self-Portrait

Running the numbers

Chris Jordan ist ein hervorragender Fotograf aus Seattle. Eine seiner letzten Arbeiten “Running the Numbers” beschäftigt sich mit der bizarren Verschwendung unserer Gesellschaft. Durch die visuelle Aufbereitung versucht er diese Verschwendung deutlicher auf den Punkt zu bringen und die abstrakte Datendarstellung via Statistiken / Zahlen zu relativieren.

Running the Numbers

“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 responsibililties of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.”

chris jordan, Seattle, 2008

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