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Foul Beauty

Photos reveal the unexpected from polluted canal.

Art+Design

Staff
March 5, 2013

After a century of coal tar and cement dumping, chemical waste from tanneries and ink factories and more, Brooklyn, New York’s Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. Scientists have found traces of gonorrhea floating around and it’s estimated that fish can survive there but are most likely infertile.

But as disgusting and shameful as it is, photographer Bill Miller somehow found beauty in it. You can see his entire series of photos on his website.

[Fast Company]