By Claire

Photograph by Chris Jordan

Regular readers of our blog might be starting to notice a theme developing over the last few days. It started with Evan posting about the debris from the recent Japanese tsunami, which is currently crossing the Pacific, which lead Kelly to tell us about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch“.

These posts jogged my memory, reminding me of a series of photographic artworks by Chris Jordan, titled “Midway – Message from the Gyre“.

“On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.”

I encourage you all to take a few minutes and scroll through his gallery. The images are quite confronting.

Chris Jordon is in the process of putting together a movie about the Midway Albatrosses. The trailer is available to view online. (Be warned, it is very confronting). If you’re interested in following the film’s progress, the film website can be found here.