This incredible project called Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, was made by photographer Chris Jordan. It’s not just raw numbers which won’t give us a good representation or won’t have a desired effect on us. With these photos, the quantities of everything consumed in America can be seen through another angle, more interesting I would say.
Dog and Cat Collars, 2009 Depicts ten thousand dog and cat collars, equal to the average number of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in the United States every day.
Light Bulbs, 2008 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.)
If 170,000 batteries were depicted at their real size, the print would need to be 26x43 feet, as shown here. To depict one year of Energizer disposable battery production (six billion batteries) would require a print 26 feet high by 146 miles long.