Editorial Work

Toxic Innocence.7.12.10

Have you ever been to the Gowanus Canal? It’s actually quite an amazing place, in all its grotesqueness. I’ve been fascinated by the canal for the past 5 or so years because of its history, its location and the neverending saga surrounding it. I don’t know of many other waterways that have been the subject of discussion for so many different reasons. The canal has the following: microbes that might lead to advancements in the medical field, a dedicated crew of canoers who brave the stench of the thick waterway (in some parts, the water is oily black and putrid-smelling) to build awareness and just enjoy the industrial, but oddly peaceful scenery, and has been shrouded in controversy as the site of a new Whole Foods (interesting location for an organic food market, no?). I’m even more fascinated now since it has newly been designated a SuperFund site – which means it is on its way to getting cleaned up (hopefully)! But before that happens, I wanted to take the opportunity to get up close and personal with this toxic and contaminated urban waterway. It was a great location for a shoot – I love the concept of eerie and dangerous filth juxtaposed against sweet and innocent clothing…hope you enjoy.

Photography: Mikey Pozarik
Styling: Denise Hatzis
Makeup/Hair: Amanda Forsyth
Model: Susan Bartolme

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