American photographer Chris Jordan has created a body of work by taking pictures of things that most of us never see. His goal is to make us see what he sees, the piles and piles of garbage.

The first image I saw from this series was in a magazine a while ago: a full screen image of nothing but discarded cell phones. That one is from the series, Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption.

In addition to the images of sorted junk, he also has images taken in recycling centers that are strangely attractive. He has a photographer’s eye, and even in shooting stacks of steel drums awaiting recycling, he’s still found the beauty in them.

Visit and click Intolerable Beauty to see the series that includes images of recycling centers and piles and piles of cell phones and more.

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