Perhaps many of you have seen this artist’s work already… I imagine many more of you have not.  His name is Chris Jordan and he is a photographer that captures images of excessive consumption.  He frequents industrial yards, ship ports, landfills, etc to find his content.

Cell phones, Atlanta 2005

Crushed cars, Tacoma, WA 2004

Borrowed from Jordan’s artist statement: “The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits.”

Spent bullet casings, 2005

Chris has evolved his art to encompass not only literal images as seen above.  His recent series titled ‘Running the Numbers’ takes normal everyday items and digitally multiplies them to astronomical proportions, each representing a different area of American consumption.  The works are very large and look abstract from a distance, but upon closer inspection maintain focus on each individual object.  Check out Jordan’s website here to have a look for yourself.

About Joshua Foss


Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.