Mines are generally considered to be ugly eyesores in the natural landscape.
Whether the mines are for minerals, metals, or precious stones, they exact a price on the environment, and the value of what is removed is often hard to picture.
Dillon Marsh, a Cape Town-based photographer, has combined photography and digital art to give a clearer picture of the copper extracted from mines across South Africa. The copper deposits in these mines are nearly gone, leaving the local inhabitants who depend on the mines for their livelihoods unsure of their future.
The CGI orbs that represent the copper that has been removed from the mines paint a clearer picture of what we’re removing in comparison to the damage we’re doing to the landscapes.