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Jose Gaytan explores the Gowanus landscape

Jose Gaytan photo by Ángel Franco/The New York TimesWe always love to see friends in the news, even more so when they have the vision and talent of Jose Gaytan. In Moab, we tend to surround ourselves with the beauty of the southwest landscape with its blue skies and turbulent rock scapes, it's almost cheating because it doesn't take much talent to find a breathtaking scene. Jose on the other hand, has spent the last seven years exploring what surrounds him and using his vision to create those moments which after time begin to paint a new reality. His photos of "Brooklyn’s famous mile-and-a-half long canal (Gowanus), photographing moments of serenity, color and even beauty amid the decaying postindustrial landscape" are a testament to his talent for finding the surreal beauty of his landscape.

His photos will be featured in the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch through Aug 29 in an exhibit titled, “Brooklyn in Transition: A Photographic Essay of the Gowanus.”

Read more about this exhibition, view photos and the learn about the artist at the New York Times' Lens Blog or on Jose's site