There are certain places in this world that haunt me since I read about them during my infancy. One of this places is Kolmanskop. The town became a ghost town in the mid fifties of the last century. Prior to that it was the epicenter of the diamond boom of the German colony “Südwest Afrika”.
Since Kolmanskop has been abandoned the surrounding desert is claiming the area back. The buildings are progressively falling apart and there is nothing attractive about the site. My first impression was all but uplifting. Only once I started entering the buildings and wandered through the rooms I experienced the remote beauty of this place.
The blend of the first and soft light of the day entering through the windows, the differently painted colors of the rooms, the visible decay and the raw nature invading the houses with sand and forming dunes was a complete new and unique experience.
Diamonds are not to be found there anymore, but the images to be created there are real true gems.
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There is something sad in this image. The early hour makes the colours soft, but do not hide the hard truth: sometime, somehow we will disappear, all together.
Makes this part of the ToM :~).
I like it (the image) Peter.
Bien rentré j'imagine. Une belle photo et assez inattendue je dois dire. Je pensais que ton premier post allait nous proposer un paysage à couper le souffle ... et bien on. Au contraire nous avons là une intimité, une atmosphère.
Diamond image, wirklich sensationell. It is all over Peter's light, you can see this from miles away, you waited for this golden moment or maybe it came to you. Beautiful how it works with the blue paint. Sad somehow and I have to think how someone once gave all the love into this house, decorated it nicely, had maybe candle light dinners in the "blue room", rauschende Parties with the upper class ... but then maybe someone got old and had to give it up, the life circle. Now it is only a photographer knocking on the door sometimes appreciating this place. Fascinating how the sand works, how it comes inside through tiny cracks, one day it will be completely burried under the sand, maybe.
Now this is something different. It's amazing how the sand is taking over inside the building, but I guess the sandstorms are ferocious and blowing sand gets everywhere. The orange of the sand and the door make an appealing combination of colours. Well handled of the light coming through the open door.
I have read about this place in the historical novels of Wilbur Smith. Once a thriving town and outpost. The colors, the sand and the light are beautiful. Seeing a manmade structure being over taken by nature cements our place in the cycle of life. Man is basically nobody in that cycle and he cannot stop or delay the cycle no matter how hard he tries. Kind of sad but beautiful.
Beautiful complimentary colours Peter. Freeman Patterson ( a well known Canadian photographer) used to do workshops in this locale and I have seen many images from here. It is beauty in decay with Mother nature reclaiming her own.
Although the the light is great, colours are bright and make good contrast and the composition is good as well, there is a spooky aspect in this hot, which of course is emphasized by your note. It must have been an unique experience to be there like you say.
Hello Peter, I had heard about this town through PF's rival site, TE. Since I saw few photos there, I've been curious, too. However, I would not make a special trip, but if I ever got to Namibia, I would definitely check it out. This photo is superb with its rich colors and unexpected dune formations.