Dillon Marsh | Counting the Costs
Earth is in the grip of an unprecedented warming trend and there is little doubt that greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause. We are making the planet hotter, and the effects of this can be clearly seen in the rapidly shrinking glaciers worldwide.
These images by Dillon Marsh combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to present a new way of visualising the loss of glacial ice. Marsh compiled data from scientific reports to calculate the rate at which certain glaciers are losing mass. Using CGI, Marsh then created accurately scaled ice models and placed them within typical human environments.
Ominous and surreal, these photographs concretise the realities of climate change, realities which are often rendered elusive by statistics and discourse. Collaging this colossal loss against the everyday, Marsh draws our attention to the dramatic climate changes that continue unabated while we go about our lives. Snapshots of polluted rivers, trash-edged streets, and demolished buildings are delocalised, becoming synecdoches for ecological crises at large. This exhibition also speaks to how climate change affects the already marginalised disproportionately, rendering poor communities vulnerable to loss of land, capital, and resources as the world becomes evermore uninhabitable.
Marsh plans to eventually make this a global project and hopes to include glaciers from all around the world. For now, however, this first installment focuses specifically on glaciers found in India and Nepal, home to some of the highest mountains in the world.
Dillon Marsh was born in Cape Town, South Africa where he continues to live and work. He received a BA (Fine Art) degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003 and became passionate about photography while studying. Marsh has long been intrigued by themes that touch on environmentalism and our relationship with the world around us. His work has often isolated and emphasised specific features of a particular landscape, from suburban areas to more desolate rural scenes – usually elements that illustrate how we engage both deliberately and unintentionally with the world around us.
He has held five solo exhibitions in South Africa and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions both locally and abroad, most recently at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art as well as photo festivals in Lagos and Arles. His work is represented in prominent public and private collections, among them the Saatchi Gallery in London.