Untitled (Gowanus Canal)

Untitled (Gowanus Canal)

Brooklyn’s Gowanus canal is one of America’s most polluted waterways. More than a century of unfettered industrial abuse was followed by decades of bungled attempts to clean it up. It is significantly cleaner than it was 30 years ago but it’s contaminated waters hold the evidence of it’s history.

To look into the Gowanus canal is to gaze into the eyes of a corpse. It is murky and clouded over but if you look closely you can see life and light reflected in the mercury, feces and coal tar that drift in the canal like malevolent clouds. This uncomfortable cohabitation is the foundation of a photographic study of the strangely beautiful horror that the canal hosts. This is not a story about the canal’s death and rebirth. I am not interested in making this a documentary about the Gowanus canal but rather a documentation of the evidence of industrial crimes that took place there over 150 years.

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7 years ago
FANY Artist
premio meritato!
emilia rebuglio
7 years ago
E' stupenda!
Lauro Pedraza
7 years ago
Lauro Pedraza Artist
Great work William! congratulations!!!
Bruna Leo
8 years ago
Bruna Leo Art lover
It looks like the universe... Like a supernova...

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