There are no sustainable diamonds in nature. Mined diamond are a finite resource, and their extraction takes a social and environmental toll. Dillon Marsh, a photographer from Cape Town whose work often explores the intersection between social and environmental issues, explores this reality with projects like “For What It’s Worth.”  Marsh often photographs abandoned gold, copper and diamond mines to showcase their long-term impact on the landscape. 

In Diamond Aren’t Forever I, Marsh turns his camera towards the small towns that grow around diamond mines,  suggesting that their impermanence is further proof the negative effects of mining. 

“Declining yields of diamond ore in the mining areas of the Diamond Coast of South Africa and Namibia have forced the mines to retrench large numbers of workers in recent years. The small towns that service the mines are now showing signs of neglect as residents leave to find work elsewhere. In the Namibian town of Oranjemund, houses lie empty and unused, their gardens gradually laid bare by the harsh, arid climate.”

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