Chris Jordan – American Manifest Destiny

View all 15 Photos

Capturing the unquantifiable scale of his nation’s consumerism, American photographer Chris Jordan uses large-scale imagery to illustrate the growing strain placed on our environment. As an almost coda to 99 Cent II Diptychon by Gursky, Jordan uses everyday objects to emphasize our individual responsibility to this growing ecological concern.  His arresting images attune the viewer to the consequences of a cultural obsession with the new and little regard for the waste that it entails.

In his 2003-05 series entitled “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption”, Chris Jordan focuses on the end of the line of consumer capitalism. With stark parallels to the global urban environments that create these miniature cities of waste, skyscrapers of shipping containers and avenues of rusting oil drums grow every higher in his photographs.
Jordan starkly illuminates the individual’s role in creating these reliant and growing testaments to the gratification of now – with little thought of the consequences of tomorrow.

Cory

Cory

Cory is passionate about design and creativity and how they can expand our understanding of ourselves. He has lived from San Francisco to Japan but found his way, some would say inevitably, to New York City. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, but is thrilled to mark his blogging debut here at Gessato.

Take me there

  • Naked Stables Resort

    A two hour trip away from China’s largest city, Shanghai, Moganshan stuns with its magical…

  • Sublime Comporta

    Surrounded by rice fields, umbrella pines, vineyards, and miles of pristine white beaches, Sublime Comporta…

  • San Cristobal Hotel In Mexico

    A dream getaway for those who love peace, quiet and seeing breathtaking views every day,…

More for you

  • The Bicycle By Anton Grebentsov

    Photographer Anton Grebentsov creates minimalist images. His work often features simple compositions with perfectly lit…

  • Burnout Series By Simon Davidson

    A self-taught photographer, Simon Davidson has become one of the leading photographers in Australia. His…

  • Bomba By Thomas Prior

    Ceremonial bravado, order in chaos, adrenaline and beauty – all appear the striking “Bomba” photography…

  • REM By Florian W. Mueller

    Eerie and beautiful, the REM series made by Cologne-based photographer Florian W. Mueller explores dreams’…

  • Cemeteries By Ettore Moni

    Focusing on the architecture of various funerary monuments, the Cemeteries series by Ettore Moni reaches…

  • La Línea Roja By Nicolas Rivals

    At first sight, the striking photographs created by Paris-based photographer Nicolas Rivals stun with their…

Close Cart

Simple Share Buttons