This creative photo project is ingenious but tragic

There's so much bad news about global heating and the extinction of wildlife, that it can be difficult to communicate the subject in a way that penetrates the collective fatigue. But occasionally, a creative idea can stand out, and this is one that's still getting attention online years after it was devised.

Josh Smith created a series of computer-generated images of endangered species using the same number of pixels as the numbers of the species that remain in existence. The closer to extinction, the fewer pixels and the more abstract the edited image becomes (see our pick of the best photo editing software).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.