While looking through photo sets of dead, oil soaked animals washing up around the Gulf Of Mexico, a friend told me about the photographic work of Chris Jordan. He has taken numerous pictures of decomposed birds whose stomachs contained lots of small bits of plastic trash. "[M]ade in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking."
Though the photographs are shot in a deadpan, matter-of-fact style, they are ominous, gruesome and fascinating. The full gallery is here.