Overwhelming pollution is the reason why these 'Gowanus Waters' photos look beautiful.

Overwhelming pollution is the reason why these 'Gowanus Waters' photos look beautiful.
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If you're on a hunt for a giant sea monster, a good place to look would be in the notoriously disgusting Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York. Two years ago, photographer Steven Hirsch happened on the canal. He didn't find a horrible sea beast, but he did find oil sludge rising from the waste-ridden waters. It was disgusting, but Hirsch couldn't let go of his impulse to snap some pics. To his surprise, the polluted waters made for some trippy, beautiful photographs which are in his new book, Gowanus Waters.

"Beauty can be found anywhere, even in the last place you’d think you could find it," Hirsch told Someecards. Take a look at his photos named after Greek mythological figures, below.

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When asked if he faced any difficulties while shooting the series, Hirsch said: "Other then risking arrest from sneaking into private property around the canal, twisting my ankle, almost falling in the canal and getting rashes and ill from the fumes, it was a piece of cake." This is a fine recipe for anyone looking to capture some stunning photographs of murky waters—minus the falling part. Yuck.

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This isn't Hirsch's first project; the photographer's career has spanned over 50 years. He is now working on a project called "Splat" which features images "of minutiae that live on the surface of anything." You know, like, flesh-eating super lice that can live anywhere on your precious head.

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If you want to view more of Hirsch's photography, check out his site here.

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