Endangered animal populations represented by pixels in shocking series

Every Pixels is one animal
(Image credit: JJSMOOTH44)

A student from the University of Maryland has created a series of images inspired by the 2008 WWF project Population by Pixel. Josh Smith who goes by the name JJSmooth44 on Imgur created the series depicting endangered animals using only the number of pixels equivalent to the animals left remaining.

The series originally went viral on Imgur and has since been posted back in September 2019 but has since regained traction. It’s been viewed more than 140,000 times and received over 400 comments, many of which are in full support of this shocking visualization of animal populations. As sobering as this project is, it shows how important animal conservation is and which animal populations have dropped so significantly they’re on the brink of extinction.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.