‘For What It’s Worth’ is a photography series by Dillon Marsh and the name is very suggestive as we see a golden giant ball places in several ambiances.
Marsh, explains of his discontent with mines: “Their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape. [They are] unlikely feats of hard labor and specialized engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price”.
Dillon Marsh was born in 1981 is a photographic artist living in Cape Town, South Africa. He received a BA (Fine Art) degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003, and became passionate about photography while studying. He has held five solo exhibitions in South Africa and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions both locally and abroad. His work is represented in prominent public and private collections, among them the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The series explores a significant part of South Africa’s history; the mining of natural resources such as copper, gold, and diamonds, and the effect this has had on the land over time. In ‘Gold’, Marsh uses CGI to create a scale model of the total amount of gold extracted from each of the seven Witwatersrand Basin goldfields. For context, the Witwatersrand Basin is a geological formation responsible for almost half the world’s gold reserves. Marsh’s enormous gold spheres are juxtaposed against the land from which the gold is produced. The result is a poignant series of photographic images that speak loudly about our capitalistic demand for gold.