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I will document the Texas drought through the visual impact it has had on the small farming and ranching towns of West Texas.

Texas has received fewer than 8 inches of rain this year, the most severe one-year drought on record for the state. Researchers at Texas A&M University estimate over $5 BILLION in losses to crops and livestock. The wildfires resulting from the lack of rain have been featured prominently in recent news, and I hope to document the aftermath of these fires, but the main subject I am interested in is exploring and photographing towns that rely mainly on ranching and farming and the influence the drought has had on these towns. Many of them have populations of fewer than 1,000 residents, and such staggering losses to the local economy result in repercussions that will be reflected for years to come.

I plan to travel to these towns and document the visual impacts of the current drought through photographs. I will spend approximately 10-12 days on the road. The funding will go towards hotels, food, gas and image printing costs.

A current list of the towns I plan to visit are: Alpine, Fort Davis, Farming towns around Lubbock, San Angelo, Crane, Iraan, Leakey, and Llano. Of course this list is subject to change according to interesting things I encounter on the road.

I will be submitting the final project for exhibition locally here in Houston. Of course there is no guarantee that it will be accepted and displayed.

*Please note: the above image is not my own, merely a representation of the type of image I plan to document. Image courtesy of the Austin American Statesman.

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