Artist Chris Jordan has been documenting the impact of pollution on the albatrosses of Midway Island. He learned of this while researching a photo series about the intersection of mass consumption and mass culture. The discovery prompted Jordan to head off to the remote island in September 2009 to photograph the birds. Here are some of his images.
Laysan albatrosses mistake floating debris for food, feeding cigarette lighters and fishing hooks to their chicks. The debris can obstruct the esophagus, tear the digestive system, or linger in the stomach, giving a false sense of satiation and leading to death by malnutrition and psychological stress. Copyright © Chris Jordan Buy Photo