Documentarians Travel from Vancouver to Midway


Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 — 4:27pm PST
Comments 3

Vancouver photographer Kris Krüg wrote to me this morning from Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on the planet, to inform me about his latest project.

Journey to Midway Island
Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

Kris is with his friend, artist & activist Chris Jordan, who has been to Midway several times and produced the images seen in this YouTube video.

Journey to Midway Island
Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

“He’s been mentoring me as a photographer, particulary in the area of printing my work for galleries, collections, and museums,” Kris told me, regarding Chris. “He asked me come along on the trip as a second camera and a social media documentarian.” Needless to say the offer was accepted.

Journey to Midway Island
Journey to Midway Island Journey to Midway Island Journey to Midway Island
Journey to Midway Island
All photos by kk+ on Flickr

What the team plans to do is create a feature-length documentary called Midway. Kris said they’re documenting the effects of plastic pollution in the ocean and after only day on the island, he’s already made grim discoveries. “Tens of thousands of baby albatross die each year of starvation and dehydration with bellies full of plastic. These babies have no feathers and have never left Midway. The mama birds and papa birds are out fishing at sea, picking up floating plastic garbage and debris, and bring it back to feed their babies. It’s horrific.”

Journey to Midway Island
Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

I asked Kris how we at home and help, and the most support can come through simply sharing the images and updates he’s posting to his Flickr, Twitter, and blog. “For those with want to get involved at a deeper level we’ve received some grants and private finacing in addition to personally funding the trip out of our own pockets. Funds would help, but we’re making this movie one way or the other!”

Journey to Midway Island
Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

Update March 29, 2011… More photos from the journey.

One Love One Ocean - Kris Krug on Midway Atoll

Journey to Midway Island


All photos by kk+ on Flickr

Follow the team: ChrisJordan.com, MidwayJourney.com, KrisKrug.com. Kris will return to Vancouver form Midway April 5, 2011. Read also my previous profile of Kris when he went down to Louisiana during the Gulf oil spill.

Current contests on Miss604.com

3 comments

  1. Lyndsey says:

    Wow. Great post, thanks for giving us a little inside into this amazing project. I wish them well, and can’t wait to see this important piece. I wish the world would band together and know that we are hurting all of these little, beautiful creatures. It’s paramount t hat we look after all walks of life!

  2. People can also follow @globalreef on Twitter and visit http://www.globalreef.org for more info. Global Reef is a Vancouver-based social enterprise dedicated to making action-based media content anchored in ocean conservation. Ian Hinkle, Global Reef’s director of media development, is co-producing Midway.

    Thanks!

    Graeme

  3. Darla A says:

    WOW – I was born here. Cannot believe what the garbage has done to the island and the birds. The Albatross – we called the “Gooney Birds” so beautiful and so fragile. I have always wanted to return. I look forward to the release of the documentary.

next »
UBC Archives: The Great Trek
« previously
Vancouver Police Museum Bootleggers’ Ball
Big Sisters