In the landscape series “For what it’s worth” 34-year old South African photographer and artist Dillon Marsh explores actually our particularly fragile relationship with the environment.
Dillon Marsh studied Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, yet even during his studies he was strongly drawn to photography. And he remains passionate about it, ever since.
His series as an attempt to quantify mining, an industry that has shaped the history and economy of the country he lives in radically. His images combine photography and computer generated elements, using extraction rates and calculate a single solid orb to visualize the output of a mine.
“Whether they are active or long dormant, mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain. Their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape – unlikely feats of hard labour and specialised engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price. These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine. The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine, a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted. By doing so, the intention is to create a kind of visualisation of the merits and shortfalls of mining in South Africa, an industry that has shaped the history and economy of the country so radically. This is the first in a broader series of images, dealing with the extraction of precious metals and stones, possibly coal as well”, stated Dillon Marsh.