Photography with a Conscience

It's been 3 years since Fstoppers' Patrick Hall posted on the Midway project, where Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan made us aware of the horrific plight of albatrosses living on the Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean. Since then Chris and his team have put together this short film documenting the tragedy that plagues the inhabitants of the island, where the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to kill. This short is a bit of a teaser for their featured film due to be released later this year.

fstoppers chris jordan midway albatross plastic images0011-photo by Chris Jordan-

“MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.
Our feature film MIDWAY is currently in post-production and expected to premiere in early 2014.”

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I am definitely cutting down on my wastages and helping to clean up the ocean.

Wow, very powerful!

Thank you for posting this.

Man is a disease on this planet in so many ways

Man may not necessarily be the disease, the practices of man, more specifically, are. Oil & petroleum products are to blame here that and the apathetic public.

Werner Rolli's picture

Heartbreaking …

He should probably be wearing gloves while dissecting the birds...

He should have put the bird's that were suffering out of there misery, that would be the right thing to do! Sad to see any kind of animal in pain and expressly unesisary pain if there wasn't that trash all around on that beach.

think about how many birds on that island are going through that.. could he put them all out of their misery?? Plus what better way is there to actually get people to turn their heads than to slap them in the face with reality...

Christopher McRae's picture

Such a shame.