The Dream of a Dying Albatross: More Powerful Work from Chris Jordan

While I was in Asia last week, I got a update note from my talented, activist photographer friend, Chris Jordan, with a link to the below, powerful, heartwrenching clip… He’s making progress on his feature documentary at midway.

NOTE: this content is emotive and graphic. It shows the last moments–literally the last breaths–of a dying albatross. If this might bother you, do not watch it. If, on the other hand, you have the ability to face what we’re doing to our planet, and you think you CAN be moved by this, please do watch it. And stay tuned to Chris and his powerful work–his Midway project–with more to come.

If you want to know more about why this bird is dying, I had him on chasejarvis LIVE earlier this year for an engaging, intimate show with the tagline “creative mojo, change your life, make a difference” that you can watch here. We discuss this body of work at length as well as his other project, Running the Numbers.

Below is statement about the Midway project and a short trailer for the film…

The MIDWAY media project 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.

Have a mindful weekend…

19 Responses to The Dream of a Dying Albatross: More Powerful Work from Chris Jordan

  1. Matthew Momberger November 26, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Tough to swallow. Glad Chris is shedding light on Midway.

  2. Nico Wachter November 26, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    If you want to see a powerful movie/documentary about the abuse of animals due to human activity, watch “Earthlings”. Its even free online at the website, depressing, but life changing..

    • Adam Haworth November 27, 2011 at 6:05 am #

      I agree I have just watched it and although it was painful and extremely depressing to watch, everyone in this world should watch it. Maybe we will all think twice and make a difference, no matter what we think everyone on this planet is responsible for the extreme abuse you see in Earthlings.

  3. Nov. November 26, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Very nice, very sad!

  4. gin November 26, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Tough but our own fault!

  5. Mark Dunlap November 26, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Beautifully filmed and paired with evocative music. I don’t really understand though, how the small white bird and the chick relate to the albatross. If it was an adult albatross with a baby, it would make a lot more sense. Maybe this is a trivial observation, but I’m thrown off by such a powerful image of the dying albatross paired up with some random, unidentified bird and it’s chick. The mismatch leaves me scratching my head.

    • squarepegjer November 27, 2011 at 9:07 am #

      In his interview, he talked about how he wanted to show that there’s also a lot of hope on Midway. While there’s so many birds dying from consuming plastic – there is also new life. With our help, maybe that new life can flourish.

  6. Benedikt November 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    So beautiful and so ugly.

  7. squarepegjer November 27, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Beautiful, sad, frightening, hopeful, and motivating… The world’s a better place with people like Chris in it. Now, if we can all just be inspired and motivated to consume and create less junk – maybe things will be even better.

  8. DanielKphoto November 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I think he is working on a beautiful project, and the way he does it, I think he might even reach his goal, or at least get closer to his goal. When somebody says that the world is being screwed up everybody is like: “yeah yeah, whatever.” But whenever somebody sees this, he’s going to (nearly) shed a tear and he’s not going to forget soon. He might even start thinking about how to solve this problem or at least better the situation.

    Great work Jordan.

    Great work sharing Chase.


  9. Aracely November 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Ugly and very sensitive point of view.
    Thanks for sharing your art.
    I´m creating a infography for Chase Jarvis, somebody knows if there are a spanish edition of his book?.

  10. John November 28, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    Thanks to Chris of showing us the reality of the world we are living in.

  11. Will November 28, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    I think you are wrong DanielK. Most people will look at this and think, ‘oh, how sad’. And then they’ll go and consume some more, forgetting almost instantly the shit we are throwing at nature.

  12. Andreas Roksvaag November 28, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Incredibly powerful work! The reality of it is awful, but the beauty of it is amazing!

  13. Mark Millar November 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Take a look at the South Georgia Heritage Trust.
    They work to get rid of non-indigneous rodents that are feasting on the ground nesting birds. SG is the home to the Wandering Albartross.

  14. GINGER liu December 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Shocking footage. It’s almost unbelievable. What’s happening to get rid of the plastic. What’s being done? Is their a petition on

  15. Walter Debloudts March 11, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Hallo chris,graag zou ik de film op Uw privaat kanaal willen zien,ik herinner mij nog dat wit vogeltje op die boomtak welke zo vertroeteld wordt door zijn moeder,een pracht van een filmpje maar de dream of a dying albatros was wel om het koud van te krijgen.Goed dat U dat in beeld brengt hoe de vervuiling van de aarde bezig is de natuur te verwoesten.
    Graag had ik geweten of ik een wachtwoord kan ontvangen om je films te bekijken.
    Ik had mijn vimeo wachtwoord ingetypt maar dat was negetief,daarom denk ik dat ik van U een wachtwoord moet ontvangen.
    Met vriendelijke groeten
    Walter Debloudts.

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