Posted by: 6x6pix | November 8, 2009

Our Deadly Plastic Garbage

Photographer Chris Jordan‘s devastating series “Midway: Message from the Gyre” shows exactly what happens to some of those bottle caps and other random bits of plastic garbage we so casually throw away. His photos of the carcasses of albatross hatchlings with stomachs full of plastic are shocking — so much so that a viewer may think the photos are set up. But Jordan anticipates this, and assures us in his project intro:

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

In addition to the photos on his site,  Jordan has produced a six-minute slideshow, embedded below and available in HD for download.

The images are beautiful and disturbing at the same time, and they’re a sobering reminder of the destructive effects of all the trash we’re piling the planet up with.



  1. I don’t understand what’s so hard about “pack in, pack out”. These images are a sobering reminder of how important that really is.

  2. thank you..very touching!

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