Chris Jordan, whose past photographic compositions create dizzying perspectives on the cumulative effects of consumer culture, now has a new muse: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Jordan visited the Midway Atoll, right in the heart of the Patch to get these sobering pictures of albatrosses stuffed with plastic detritus. The amount of junk in the birds' decomposing bodies seems incomprehensibly large, both because the birds are not too big and because the island is so remote. But preempts these suspicions, remarking:
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.
Images via Chris Jordan Photography
Like the images you see here? Check out all of Chris Jordan's amazing photos from his journey to the Pacific gyre in Planet Green's slideshow: