An Eerie Portrait Of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood has been artfully captured by Miska Draskoczy in a series of photos called Gowanus Wild.

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 neighbourhood'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.

An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland
An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland
An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland
An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland
An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

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 neighbourhood 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 16 at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.