Sacrifice and gain in mining by Dillon Marsh
Dillon Marsh is a South African photographer. Some of his works are dedicated to mines, interpreted as a combination of sacrifice and gain.
According to him, mines’ 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.
Dillon Marsh’s 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, Dillon’s 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.
Images courtesy of Dillon Marsh