Toxic Gowanus Scum Has Never Looked So Beautiful

February 26, 2013 | Julia Dawidowicz

While environmentalists and city officials are determined to cleanse and beautify the cesspool that is the Gowanus Canal, photographer William Miller can appreciate it just the way it is. In his latest series, Gowanus Canal, Miller presents the Brooklyn waterway in all her toxic glory, masterfully transforming the filth into images of abstract, otherworldly splendor. We’re all for a less stinky and more dolphin-friendly canal, but contamination can be pretty. And very, very sad. But pretty.