Chris Jordan to show his new film ‘Albatross’

Photographer and film director Chris Jordan will return to Orcas Island for a showing of his new film “Albatross,” which he previewed here two years ago in a memorable Orcas Currents event, “Encountering Midway.”

This Orcas Currents event will occur in Orcas Center on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m.

Jordan’s feature-length documentary film is a powerful visual journey into a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy occurring on remote Midway Island, which lies a thousand miles northwest of Hawaii. There tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead, their bodies bloated with plastic objects from surrounding Pacific Ocean waters.

Visiting the island several times during eight years, Jordan and his film crew witnessed cycles of birth, life and death of these magnificent birds, which serve as a multilayered metaphor for our times — an era that some geologists have begun to call the “Plasticene.”

“Albatross” takes viewers through the immensity of this tragedy, letting us directly face our personal complicity for it. In the process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for life on Earth.

The film delivers a profound message of reverence and renewal that has been reaching and stimulating an audience of millions around the world.

Jordan is a Seattle-based photographer and filmmaker. His work explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture from photographic and conceptual perspectives.

In it, he walks the edge between beauty and horror, challenging us to look both inward and outward at the complex landscapes of our collective choices.

Jordan’s photographs have been exhibited and published worldwide. He has received the International Prix Pictet Commission Prize, the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, and the 2007 Green Leaf Award of the National World Museum and United Nations Environment Programme.

This Orcas Currents event is cosponsored by Janet Alderton, Joe Cohen and Martha Farish, and Toby and Sarah Cooper. As always, admission is free but donations are welcome.