Since 2009, Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan has been filming and photographing the albatross birds living on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean. His images are shocking and startling: dead and decaying birds, with their stomachs filled with plastic pollution like bottle caps and cigarette lighters.
"For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror," said Jordan, in an exclusive interview with TakePart. "These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth."
Click through this gallery for more of Jordan's shocking photographs.
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