Thought of as peaceful waterways that flow through quaint towns and bustling cities, canals are often romanticized. The Gowanus Canal, which runs through Brooklyn, New York, is neither peaceful nor picture-esque. Bustling maritime and commercial shipping activity led to the development of factories along its banks. Eventually, years of pollution, storm water runoff, and sewer overflows have earned the canal the title of “one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water.”
The sketchbook of Alec Soth
The sketchbook of Thomas Vanden-Driessche
The mechanical nature of photography often results in the perception that photographers are “button-pushers;” that they have a keen eye and sense of timing, but the artistry stops there. Photographers’ Sketchbooks, a new book by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals, provides a behind-the-scenes look into the idea conception and thought process of forty-nine photographers from around the globe.