Running the numbers


Running the Numbers is a fascinating series of photography by Chris Jordan that uses images to reinforce statistics. Each overall picture is made up of a certain number of smaller images used to illustrate a point. The piece shown above, called Cans Seurat 2007, uses 106,000 cans to make up the image. This represents the number of cans consumed in the US every thirty seconds. Other works include an image of Ben Franklin made up of 125,000 one-hundred dollar bills (amount the US government spends every hour on the war in Iraq) and fifteen million sheets of office paper (the equivalent of five minutes of paper use). Check out these and other works by Chris Jordan at