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Running The Numbers

June 22, 2007

The first solo exhibit of Chris Jordan’s Running The Numbers series opened last Thursday at the Von Lintel Gallery, New York. These photos have been making their way around the Internets since last year. Chris is an amazing photographer (check out his New Orleans series) and these photos are post-processed to represent numbers from Americas consumer consumption.

The visual representation of these numbers put the figures into perspective, and the numbers are staggering. Look at how many plastic bags we use each hour, or how many soda bottles. The numbers don’t seem outrageous, but when you look at a visual representation, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed. Visit Chris’s gallery site for the full size images which have more detail.

Cans Seurat, 2007

Cans Seurat Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.


Cans Seurat Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.


Cans Seurat Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

Paper Bags, 2007

Paper Bags Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.


Paper Bags Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.

Plastic Bottles, 2007

Plastic Bottles Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.


Plastic Bottles Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

Plastic Bags, 2007

Plastic Bags Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.


Plastic Bags Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.


Plastic Bags Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.

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