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South Africa’s Invasive Species: phone towers disguised to look like trees

by | 28th, March 2013

DILLON Marsh is a photographer.

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 Assimilation. In the vast barren landscapes of the southern Kalahari, Sociable Weaver Birds assume ownership of the telephone poles that cut across their habitat. Their burgeoning nests are at once inertly statuesque and teeming with life. The twigs and grass collected to build these nests combine to give strangely recognisable personalities to the otherwise inanimate poles.

He’s now turned his eye to phone masts. Invasive Species is a photo series of South African telephone masts. It’s the modern Bush Telegraph:

In 1996 a palm tree appeared almost overnight in a suburb of Cape Town. This was supposedly the world’s first ever disguised cell phone tower. Since then these trees have spread across the city, South Africa and the rest of the world. Invasive Species explores the relationship between the environment and the disguised towers of Cape Town and its surrounds.

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Spotter: Philthy’s Diversions, WorldofWonder

 



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