Here you can see one of the interiors of the ghost town that is being taken over by the desert sands.
In 1908, the railway worker Zacharias Lewala found a sparkling stone amongst the sand he was shoveling away from the railway line, near Kolmanskop. His supervisor August Stauch, was convinced it was a diamond and when this was confirmed, the news spread like wildfire, sparking a huge, frantic diamond rush and causing fortune hunters to converge in droves on Kolmanskop.
The town soon developed, becoming a bustling little centre and providing shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. Large, elegant houses were built and it soon resembled a German town, complete with an impressive array of amenities.
The development of Kolmanskop reached its height in the 1920's, but the town declined after World War 2, when diamond prices crashed.
Within a span of 40 years Kolmanskop lived, flourished and died.
Today the desert is slowly reclaiming this town and all that remains are ruins, sand and ghosts.
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Suppiluliuma (3887) 2011-06-06 22:52
A splendid narrative, which reminded me of Dire Straits' Telegraph Road's lyrics.
I found that the choice of shooting location is perfect and complements the note.
TFS Dear Wanda.
JFS (32459) 2011-06-06 23:01
Amazing, magical shot, full of textures and delicious colors. Bravo!
annjackman (20283) 2011-06-06 23:54
I did not get to see this while I was in Namibia. What a fabulous place for pictures. You have taken this from a great POV looking through the doors from one room to another. The wall colours are suprisingly preserved. Excellent image - well done!
ManuMay (35869) 2011-06-07 0:03
Very beautiful view, excellent point of view choosen in order to compose the image, very good colours and textures...really amazing take...and a good history!!
Have a nice day...
Cricri (108805) 2011-06-07 0:38
Belle et intéressante note sur ces construction dans le désert
Belles succession des arcades des portes avec des couleurs différentes sur les murs des pièces, très belle présentation
FlyPrm (391) 2011-06-07 1:07
A great angle you have chosen here Wanda, it adds a lot of depth. Nicely framed as well. Excellent shot!
sevy (15365) 2011-06-07 1:09
I did not visit this place when I came in Namibia but I heard a lot about it.
Good idea of composition and point of view with a feeling of depth and the variation of colors on the walls.
pablominto (53744) 2011-06-07 1:16
the carefully planned composition and the choice of point of view results in a very strong feeling of depth, as we are looking through several rooms in the house!
Lovely colours too, and amazing to see the floor is covered with sand...
daddo (24964) 2011-06-07 1:31
Hi Wanda. The story is similar in many parts of Australia where the goldrush created towns, some of which flourished and some that became ghost towns once the gold ran out. It is a moving scene, a commentary on the whims of Fortune and the dreams of Man. Regards. Klaudio.
CLODO (30842) 2011-06-07 1:57
A frame in a frame in another frame....with pale hues. perfect evocation of the ime.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-06-07 3:17
nice vertical framing with nice chosen POV of the narrow passage inside the doors of the house...excellent light management and natural colors,very gd noticed with a nice chosen POV...also gd DOF & exposoure controlled...Fantastic snap...
HimalAnda (9966) 2011-06-07 3:19
This is a very interesting place. I like the open doors which let us see the different rooms (and their different colors). The composition is excellent!
SnapRJW (31617) 2011-06-07 3:51
Hello Wanda - A great first look at your visit to Namibia. A surreal shot of Kolmanskop, I love the view through the rooms, each painted a different colour. The two open doors, one hanging off it's hinges and piled sand speak of a home long vacated. If only walls could talk. Excellent. best wishes Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2011-06-07 5:13
I love this, it is so well composed and executed. All the textures and colours are so intriguing and the open doors just add a real sense of mystery. A striking image and outstanding presentation. Bravo!
Warm regards - Brian
sandpiper (6788) 2011-06-07 7:15
Its a great story about this town, I hope to get there one day. Great image, hard to imagine people lived, loved and worked there. i really like this type of image, the open doors, who lived here, where did they go. Well done
Ninello52 (7572) 2011-06-07 8:38
Very nice photos .. and your very interesting note! Very good! I like this sequence of colored spaces, doors inside doors, very nice! Brava and again congratulations!
Best regards! Nino.
yquem46 (38746) 2011-06-07 12:07
very original shot with this succession of doors opening rooms of various colors on the walls on this ghost town
magalik (6103) 2011-06-07 13:28
Strange place which allows you to get a very original and interesting shot. It calls the spirit. I like very much.
We have the feeling that every door give access on a different world.
Ideal POV for this single and master piece.
Jeppo (17645) 2011-06-07 14:11
interesting note for a pleasant shot. I like the perspective on the doors providing the compo with a good depth
jjcordier (77508) 2011-06-08 4:55
Une étonnante photo de cette maison abandonnée que les sables ont ré-envahie. Belle composition avec cet alignement de portes et joli jeu de couleurs.
patdeph (35748) 2011-06-08 11:45
beautiful perspective on this succession of doors and walls of different colors.This is very well framed,with the decentered doors,and I like the old textures.Very well done.
andre_clavel (890) 2011-06-09 3:17
Une prise de vue très originale et très bien réalisée ...
Il va quand même falloir faire un peu de ménage :-).
Nard (6972) 2011-06-10 6:32
Interresting notes and magnificent picture. Your framing is excellent with all these doors and different walls. It seems to me if we pass the last door we could enter in a other world, an other time because that looks like strange clouds or smoke. Really a beautiful composition.
dta (68890) 2011-06-10 6:53
Bonjour Wanda ,
Les endroits abandonnés possèdent un charme certain , teinté de nostalgie .ici , la vision est étonnante , avec tout ce sable dans les maisons . la perspective sur les portes successives est superbe . Avec de belles tonalités pastel .
SteveH (6243) 2011-06-13 0:19
Hi Wanda, the sand reclaiming this house makes for a surreal image. Different colours in each of the rooms works well too. cheers, Steve
francio64 (38983) 2011-06-14 16:02
un bel susseguirsi di porte aperte, danno profondità alla scena, mentre le differenti colorazioni dei muri delle stanze, creano contrasto cromatico.
Foto originale e ben realizzata con un'ottima qualità fotografica.
Well done! TFS!
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2011-06-15 1:05
I have long dreamed about visiting this forgotten town of Kolmanskop lost in time and desert, but it will be a long time before I will go to Namibia, I am sure, so thank you at least for bringing this to us. Great compositon - not centered, which I appreciate.
Have a nice day, Ivana
BennyV (13867) 2011-06-16 6:04
I saw André's picture of this site just yesterday and this is a great one to complement it: first the detail, then your picture with more depth to get a broader idea of the place. This is just the right pov to do that!
Great post, tfs.
batalay (35877) 2011-06-17 7:51
I've always enjoyed seeing your artistic photos, and this one certainly is one of the most compelling, with doors seen through doors. It is evocative of Pieter de Hooch, one of the great Dutch Masters of the Dutch Golden Age (17th century). Take a look at this Image and also
Longroute (19396) 2011-06-17 13:40
I love abandoned houses and here the perspective created by those series of doors is so intriguing! also the combination of colours creates a fine effect. Plenty of textures and details to appreciate!
Well captured and framed,
archimatica (20325) 2011-06-22 1:22
You described in a sweet and elegant a situation of neglect and empty: your aesthetic sense has prevailed over the rest.
I really like the shades of colors.
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14982)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2011-05-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, RAW
- Exposition: f/16, 3 secondes
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Versions: version originale
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 21:56