The destruction of nature is not an uncommon sight today. As populations and cities grow, so does the need for new housing and streets. This progress is often made by tearing down forests and other secluded spots of nature. The increase in population in an area can also lead to an increase in pollution. While some might see the growth and development of a city as a good thing, there are still those who believe that nature should take prevalence over progress.
San Marcos, being a college town, is prone to large bursts of growth and development. As Texas State University grows, so does the city. Currently, the city of San Marcos is in a bit of a transitional period. The city is under a lot of development, and is growing exponentially every year, though it is still retaining some of its small-town charm and qualities. However, as every year goes by more and more of the small-town charm is lost. Many San Marcos locals are unhappy about the growth of the city; they believe that what made San Marcos such a great place to live was the small-town charm and the abundance of beautiful nature around the river. It has been increasingly harder over the years to find secluded spots of nature here in San Marcos. Many of the parks and areas of recreation have become crowded, littered, and less natural.
That’s why this photo essay will capture the true beauty of the San Marcos area and show how the growth to the city is harming the surrounding nature. This project will consist of eight color photos that will depict the beauty and the harm done to the nature of San Marcos. These photos will not include any filters as the point of this photo essay is to show natural beauty. However, pictures will be captured at different times of the day, using the sun’s natural lighting to highlight certain areas. Most of the pictures will be wide establishing shots to capture the whole beauty of the area. The use of a signature photo of an area of nature that is littered will be used to show a contrast and to leave an impression on the viewer. The photo essay will be organized as a series of individual photos. At the end of the photo essay the viewer should feel a sense of attachment to nature.