Located at the apex of the Pacific Garbage Patch, the small cluster of islands that make up Midway Atoll are protected by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but the rangers can do little to prevent animals from finding the teeming mass of pollution just off shore. This plastic pollution is dire for bird species, which confuse it with food: Albatross chicks alone in the Midway Atoll eat 5 tons of plastic per year.
Chris Jordan—along with fellow photographer Kris Krüg and a host of other filmmakers, artists, and writers—have returned to Midway to capture the essence of a place on the brink.
Do you have comments on this slideshow? Leave them here.