(Depicts 8 million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees harvested in the US every month to make the paper for mail order catalogs.) (Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to...

(Depicts 8 million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees harvested in the US every month to make the paper for mail order catalogs.)

(Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.)

A new series of work by Chris Jordan examines the raw consumption and staggering statistics of American culture that often get overlooked because they’re so large, it’s hard to really grasp. 

His site reads:

This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones retired every day. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.

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