Through the Lens: A Documentary Photography Project on Sustainable Agriculture in Central Texas




Charlton, Caitlin

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Sustainability is one of the most pressing global issues that spans disciplines. How can we achieve a level of sustainability in which we no longer harm the planet, and can reverse the damage we have already done? Promoting sustainable agriculture is one central way we must combat global environmental, social and economic issues. Yet, most people are unaware of the mechanisms and processes by which their food is produced. How can we get people to engage in supporting sustainable agriculture if they do not have any sort of knowledge on what it pertains to? As our culture embraces the use of visual images to share information, I believe that photography can be one of the most effective ways to engage people with sustainable agriculture. In this project, I aim to let my photography of several farms around Central Texas to be a voice for sustainable agriculture, showing various processes food production must move toward if we are to become a truly sustainable society.