An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

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Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood long known for its polluted canal and not-so-desirable industrial vibe. But like many once derelict areas, it is rapidly transforming into a landing place for restaurants and young professionals. The still untamed nature of the neighborhood has been artfully captured by Miska Draskoczy in a series of photos called Gowanus Wild.

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Draskoczy's photos are all shot at night, each one with a strange glow cast by artifical light sources. It creates an atmosphere in line with the neighborhood's reputation as a toxic wasteland. The sludgy Gowanus Canal presents a particularly strong presence throughout the series. It's incredibly spooky, and also a very subjective portrayal.

Illustration for article titled An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyns Former Industrial Wasteland
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Illustration for article titled An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyns Former Industrial Wasteland
Illustration for article titled An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyns Former Industrial Wasteland
Illustration for article titled An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyns Former Industrial Wasteland
Illustration for article titled An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyns Former Industrial Wasteland
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Though it leaves out the normalcy one might encounter upon visiting Gowanus in the daytime, the stylization does a great job of tying together what is actually a neighborhood of very diverse elements—industrial, commercial, residential—into a cohesive portrait. It makes you want to visit and explore what is probably going to look completely different in a matter of a few short years.

Gowanus Wild is currently on view through Sunday, November 16th at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn. Miska Draskoczy is also leading a walking tour of some of the documented locations in Gowanus on the 16th from 5-7pm. Head over to the gallery site above for details.

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This photo reminded me of the house in fight club. Different type of building, but just something out of place in an industrial area.