Sunday, February 18, 2007

Very cool and elegant way to make a statistical point

This is a very cool and elegant way to make a statistical point.
This new series 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. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics tend to feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 426,000 cell phones discarded every day. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.


Anonymous said...

I noticed it did not have any reference to the number of dead bodies from Cambodia in the Viet Nam era nor did it have the dead bodies of those killed by Sadam Hussein, whether they were Kurds or otherwise, so why the political slant on the environment / SUV's and not the areas that really matter?

Swamp Fox said...

The politics of it wasn't the point of my posting. It was that graphically it was a cool way to communicate with otherwise is heavy statistics.