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Chris Jordan’s photography urges viewers to look at the world differently

Chris Jordan has been shooting the world around him with a unique vision for more than a decade, but it took quitting his job, traveling all over the country, and going broke to finally reach a wide audience—and make a big impact.

Jordan’s most recent project, Running the Numbers,_ An American Self-Portrait,_ offers a visual interpretation of the staggering statistics (two million plastic beverage bottles used in the U.S. every five minutes, 60,000 plastic bags used in the U.S. every five seconds, etc.) that fill the news. These larger-than-life composite photographs force the viewer into the uncomfortable terrain of self-reflection and personal responsibility.

After the jump Jordan talks about Running the Numbers, his other projects about American consumption, how he left the corporate world and went into debt to follow his passion, and what he has planned for the future.

(Above photo from Chris Jordan’s Intolerable Beauty series)