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    Running the Numbers
    An American Self-Portrait

    Running the Numbers 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 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

    This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

    ~chris jordan, Seattle, 2007


    UPDATE
    Currently I am working on new Running the Numbers images that will look at some issues that are more global in scope: the world's oceans, African issues, species extinctions, and a few others. These new pieces will be posted here as they are completed, so please stay tuned.

    ~cj, May 2008



    Mail Order Catalogs, 2008
    100x60"

    Depicts 115,000 mail order catalogs, the number mailed in the U.S. every minute.




    Plastic Cups, 2008
    60x90"

    Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.


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    Barbie Dolls, 2008
    60x80"

    Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.


    Partial zoom:


    Detail at actual print size:




    Plastic Bottles, 2007
    60x120"

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


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    has AutoMonk run the numbers? zg
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    I wonder what all the blackjacks dealt in a year in all the casinos in the world would look like?
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    OFIT, this thread's for YOU. zg
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