Canal Story

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Photographer and native New Yorker William Miller created a series of surprisingly beautiful images of the long-polluted Brooklyn waterway, the Gowanus Canal. For over a century, the canal was used as an indiscriminate dumping grounds for industrial waste, and attempts at clean-up have been relatively unsuccessful. Miller’s abstract images of the water reveal this backstory on the canal, showing how its history remains visible. His compositions, with swirls of bright colors, reflections of clouds, and paint-chipped mud, tell the story beautifully.

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