Sunday, December 9, 2012

Robert Benson Reviews Chris Jordon

Chris Jordan is a Seattle based photographer who takes the green movement to a new level. He has taken his passion for conservation and turned it into art. Jordan focuses on taking garbage and turning it into something not just eye catching, but a conversation piece. Before pursuing his passion in photography, Jordan transferred to UT Austin and studied law. He was a corporate lawyer for ten years when he resigned from the board to force him to pursue his passion for photography.
What drew me to Jordan was the attention to detail in each photograph. In his Midway: Message from the Gyre series, Jordan uses animal carcasses and trash to get his message for conservation out.
Copyright Chris Jordan 2009
In this project, Jordan is photographing albatross on Midway Atoll. These birds fill their young with plastic waste causing their death. In the photographs, the albatross carcasses are filled with plastic trash, showing us what kind of harm our incessant need to waste.
Copyright Chris Jordan, 2009

In this photograph, entitled Container Yard and Mt. Rainier, Tacoma 2004, Jordan shows the monotony of a shipping yard. What drew me to this photo was the sleek lines the containers form with the skylines. Jordan lets his talent and passion for photography shine through in even the most simple photographs.Copyright Chris Jordan 2009

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