These photos are part of the exhibition "Running the Numbers", a Self-Portrait" by photographer Chris Jordan, who tries to draw attention to the millions of objects that accumulate on the planet, out of sight.

As an American consumer, I am in no position to wag my finger; but I do know that when we ponder a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space there may be the possibility of some evolution of thought or action. So I hope that these photographs can serve as portals for a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I've heard it said that by risking self-awareness, at least we know we are awake.

chris jordan paper bags
It represents 1.14 million brown paper grocery bags, the number used in the United States every hour.

The above figures have been found in studies of the amounts of waste disposed of in the United States. Now imagine if all countries were considered.
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