Beauty in Filth.

When the oil gathers on the Gowanus Canal, it can be a sheen of multi-colored toxic beauty.

The patches of color writhe and pulse through the water, almost like a living organism. And at times, the tides and winds combine to give unique gatherings of providence to combine into recognizable shapes.

All images are ©Mark D Phillips. Photos may be licensed and downloaded through our site.

Mark D Phillips' photographic collection documents his generational view of the Gowanus Canal from abandoned, industrial filth to the beginning of gentrification and the EPA's start to cleaning the Superfund site.

“I discovered the Gowanus Canal in 1989, an abandoned, desolate location in the heart of Brownstone Brooklyn. The more time I spent on its length, the more I came to love it,” said Phillips.

All images are ©Mark D Phillips. Photos may be licensed and downloaded through our site.