San Gabriel River Project:
The San Gabriel River Project, Artist Statement
The San Gabriel River Project Exhibit is a result of a project course recently completed in January 2013 thru the Photographic Society of America (PSA).
Displayed are various types of photographs taken along the San Gabriel River that were created specifically for the assignment. Many of the photographs reflect the severe drought that has been ongoing for several years.
The San Gabriel River is an integral part of life in and around Georgetown, Texas. The two forks of the San Gabriel River converge in San Gabriel Park. The headwaters of both the South Fork and North Fork are located in Burnet County. This area was once used by local Native Americans as a camping area because of the natural springs, fishing and wildlife. In 1716 the river was named Rio de San Xavier by Spanish explorer and priest Fray Isidro Felix Espinosa. In the mid eighteen-hundreds settlements grew along the river and in 1979 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created Lake Georgetown, where parks, trails and recreational facilities are available. Popular areas for residents and visitors of Georgetown are the Blue Hole, San Gabriel Park, the North San Gabriel River Trail and the mountain bike and hiking trails around Lake Georgetown and Georgetown Dam.
I chose the San Gabriel River as a photography project because I wanted to share this natural and man-made resource with fellow citizens as well as residents of Georgetown and surrounding areas. I look forward to adding more photographs in the future. I hope you enjoy the exhibit.
Holly Moore, July 2013