Running The Numbers by photographer Chris Jordan, looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. Visit his website to see more.
Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.
Depicts 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.
Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.
Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.
Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.).
Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).