“Midway” Film Tells Story of Plastics in Our Ocean Through Plight of Albatross

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Artist Chris Jordan is best known for his large-scale images that deconstruct huge numbers while making a statement about our mass consumption habits. For example, the tiny pieces of plastic in “Gyre” represent the pounds of plastic that enter the world’s ocean.

Jordan’s latest project, “Midway,” is a feature-length film that expands on the plastic pollution problem by focusing on the plastic fragments that fill up albatross stomachs as they try to feed in the open ocean. Scientists estimate that 4.5 metric tons of plastic arrive on Midway Atoll every year in the stomachs of the albatross.

The trailer includes some disturbing images of dead and dying birds, but as the narrator says, “Do we have the courage to face the realities of our time and allow ourselves to feel deeply enough that it transforms us and our future?” We can only hope the answer is “yes.”

17 comments
Photography
Photography

What an amazing post. Thanks for sharing this.

Penny Truex
Penny Truex

Yes and sorting of garbage. Alot is not recycled. No more restaurant use of plastic this and that.

Charles Mitchell
Charles Mitchell

We need a.deposit law on pladtics , a std that enables reuse and much higher bottle and can deposits.

David Owen
David Owen

Petrol Industry bad for the oceans? I thought Nuclear Energy was your big foe not Fossil. Any day now you will start discussing ocean acidification. #whatsthebiggestthreat?

Cibele_Cruz
Cibele_Cruz

@soniasalim Soniaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Olá!!! Tudo bem com você? Há quanto tempo!!! =D Muito bom vê-la por aqui!

soniasalim
soniasalim

@Cibele_Cruz Tenho ficado pouco tempo na net, o filho precisa dividir o tempo em igualdade de condições. rs Estou lendo mais. Bom trabalho!

Cibele_Cruz
Cibele_Cruz

@soniasalim Estou tentando ter essa dedicação total. Mas estou indo aos poucos, respeitando o meu ritmo... Mas bate uma ansiedade!...

Cibele_Cruz
Cibele_Cruz

@soniasalim Ah, entendi. Tá certo! =) Eu não estou mais trabalhando, amiga. Apenas estudando. Mas obrigada mesmo assim! =)