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These Photos from Steven Hirsch are of the Gowanus Canal's Polluted Waters

In surprisingly cosmic captures of toxic slime taken from the surface of a Brooklyn canal, Steven Hirsch will be exhibiting at the Lilac Gallery on 5th Avenue from November 12th to December 1st, 2014. Gowanus: Off the Water's Surface features unusually beautiful photography. The subject is the oily water found at New York's Superfund site.

Steven Hirsch was inspired after coming across "a gold mine of slime" in the spring, when heavy rain resulted in the Gowanus Canal's water being full of toxic runoff. As the location provides a dumping ground for overflowing sewers in storms, pouring a number of pollutants and heavy metals into the water.

The images were edited using heightened contrast, but still showcase the original colors.