Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption
For his series Intolerable Beauty, photographer Chris Jordan peered into shipping ports and industrial yards around America. Though these sites remain unseen by the majority of the population, they hold the stunningly massive remains of our collective consumption. Jordan’s findings include seemingly boundless troves of cell phones, e-waste, circuit boards, cell phone chargers, cars, spent bullet casings, cigarette butts, and steel shred. Jordan describes the immense scale of our detritus as simultaneously “desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful.” Like Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of our vast industrial landscapes, Jordan’s images portray a staggering complexity that verges on the sublime. The photographs reflect the loss of individual identity that results from actions that occur on such a large scale, but Jordan hopes his work can “serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry” and inspire people to reestablish a personal stake in issues of energy consumption.
|Oily/Fatty Snacks:||Kale, leafy greens.|
|Soda/Carbonated Drinks:||Actual, literal bubbles.|
|Sweet Tea:||A strong Southern gentleman to take care of you.|
|Ice:||The sweet release of death.|
I’ll be the one who’ll break my heart
I’ll be the one to hold the gun
Also, the sad little pear tree actually has a couple ripe ones.
Spent the morning in the garden, doing my miserable body some good.
Planted the last round of radishes
Dug up all of the onions
Picked Roma tomatoes
Pulled the withering beans
Weeded and hoed everything else
Edvard Munch. Woodcuts. Woman’s Head Against the Shore, Melancholy II, Evening Melancholy II, Woman on the Shore II, Encounter in Space, Woman on the Shore I, Two Human Beings The Lonely Ones, Man Bathing, The Girls on the Bridge, Towards the Forest II (top to bottom). 1890s-1920.
Found my new place in the library.
— Nick Cave - 20, 000 Days on Earth (via benedictlumos)
Finally back on the injection schedule after much suffering (please, relief come swiftly); my birthday present to myself.