I riflessi dell'inquinamento di William Miller

Gowanus Canal - William Miller

Riflessi di cielo corrotto dai miasmi della decomposizione, specchi d'acqua incrinati dal riflesso della luce, distorti da aloni di esalazioni e nebbie oleose , marmorizzati dai detriti, decorati dai rifiuti, le carcasse di topi morti, un guanto in lattice gonfio di una putrescenza, che potrebbe tranquillamente appartenere al cadavere dei corsi d'acqua che inquiniamo e uccidiamo da più di un secolo, insieme alla vita che scorre con loro.

Un ritratto sublime, dei crimini che sin dalla rivoluzione industriale riversano nel canale newyorkese di Gowanus le scorie della nostra 'modernizzazione'. Fotografie morbosamente seducenti di un'entità tossica, astratta e indefinita, quanto le cause e le conseguenze della sua portata, scattate da William Miller con una Canon EOS 7D.

Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller

"It wasn’t so long ago that educated people thought the earth was so vast that no human activity could have a significant impact on it. They buried garbage in the ground and dumped waste in the seas and waterways the way war criminals bury their dead and assume the earth will hide their horrible crimes. 

Brooklyn’s Gowanus canal is one of America’s most polluted waterways. More than a century of unfettered industrial abuse was followed by decades of bungled attempts to clean it up. It is significantly cleaner than it was 30 years ago but it’s contaminated waters hold the evidence of it’s history.

To look into the Gowanus canal is to gaze into the eyes of a corpse. It is murky and clouded over but if you look closely you can see life and light reflected in the mercury, feces and coal tar that drift in the canal like malevolent clouds. This uncomfortable cohabitation is the foundation of a photographic study of the strangely beautiful horror that the canal hosts. This is not a story about the canal’s death and rebirth. I am not interested in making this a documentary about the Gowanus canal but rather a documentation of the evidence of industrial crimes that took place there over 150 years." - William Miller

Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller
Gowanus Canal - William Miller

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