Chris Jordan's Images of Excess in New York
Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.
We have shown the work of Chris Jordan here and here; his photographs give meaning to numbers that are too large and shocking for us to grasp. He says "Exploring around our country’s shipping ports and industrial yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed to view like eroded layers in the Grand Canyon, I find evidence of a slow-motion apocalypse in progress. I am appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity."