This creative photo project is ingenious but tragic

There is so much bad news about global warming and the extinction of wildlife, that it is difficult to communicate the subject in a way that overcomes collective fatigue. But sometimes, a creative idea can stand out, and this is one that’s still getting attention online years after it was conceived.

Josh Smith created a series of computer generated images of endangered species using the same number of pixels as the number of extant species. The closer to expiration, the less pixelated and the more abstract the editable image becomes (see our pick of the best photo editing software).

Each pixel is one animal. The more pixelated the image, the closer to extinction.”

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