Alyssha Eve Csuk is a photographer who has an unusual muse - it is the Bethlehem Steel Factory.
Once, Bethlehem Steel was a mighty industrial force, churning out metal for skyscrapers, bridges and warships. But its plant in Bethlehem, Pa., closed for good in 1995, and the company was sold in 2003, a victim of changing economic realities. “I find that the erosive effects of the elements have transformed the facades of the mill into textural canvases,” says Alyssha Eve Csük, a photographer and resident of Bethlehem. She has turned images of disused pipes, furnaces and engines into art in a collection called “Abstract Portraits of Steel.”
Here work has a certain stoicism and grace, lyrical yet also moody and dark. Like artist Charlene Weisler who uses urban detritis and erosion in her photography, Csuk uses industrialized erosion and decay to create an otherworldy atmosphere that is errily beautiful.