Massachusetts-based photographer Chris Jordan is on a mission to save the planet. In a sobering (perhaps sickening) new series entitled “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption," the artist documents the consequences of America's bloated consumerist mentality in a series of shocking photographs.

Jordan's pictures showcase astonishing stockpiles of discarded items: hundreds of thousands of used cell phones, piles of compressed cars, tons of scrap metal. The artist believes his series “shows the unmistakable imprint of our American culture in all its horror and strange, dark appeal.” He told the Huffington Post that he is “appalled by these scenes, and yet also drawn into them with awe and fascination. The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity.”

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[via HuffingtonPost]