Kolmanskop is now a ghost town. It was once a very rich place and it's hospital had at the turn of the last century the only X-Ray machine on the Southern Hemisphere! The wealth came from the diamonds which laid around on the ground!
I just got there 108 years too late ... :-(((
As a compensation I had the chance to wander through the old houses and see the beauty of colors, shapes and amenities which the miners had back than. It was quite a nice experience and I might even go back eventually.
My first choice for the ToM as of now. What a fantastic place for photography subject, and a place to let the imaginary flow and wonder what it was like in its glory days. I love the multiple layers of doorway with various colors and light, you did great capture each layer with such fine detail. I love how the sand seems to swallow up the house, like a flood and it is still filling up like a rising water on a sinking ship. Glad to know you got out of there in time.
What a sight! Not something we see every day. Nature really is taking over, but not like the forests of places like Cambodia, but with sand. As well as the surprise of the sand I love all the overlapping part rectangles of the doors and the variety of colours.
Das muss ein unvergesslicher und irgendwie irreal erscheindender Ort sein. Man sieht noch deutlich, dass dies einmal das Heim von Menschen war, die sich hier wohlfühlten. Unglaublich, wozu die Natur imstande ist. Ein Foto, das unter die Haut geht ... es fällt einem fast schwer, "I like it" annzuklicken.
Grüße aus dem dem sehr herbstlichen Deutschland - mit jeder Menge Regen und Sturm!
I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at a first, I thought a painting in a gallery. I am glad you explained it because I would never have guessed a ghost town. A great image for the theme looking through a series of overlapping doors to the interior.
A quite unusual interior! I like this photo even more than the other one, which you uploaded earlier, because the many colours and the way you are looking through 3 doors with your camera. A great contribution to the theme.
I can still see people in their best clothing they ever owned eating Sunday roast under a huge glassy chandelier. Maybe the ladies wearing long white cloves, the men with pocket watches checking the hour from time to time. Even with the sand and dust, the style they must have had does not go under, not until the sand has filled the rooms completely. It must have been the Dr.'s house :-) This reminds me of the photo series "Rosa" by Alain de Kalbermatten when he photographed an old run-down hotel in the Valais before they put it down http://www.alaindekalbermatten.ch/alain/rosa.htm. I love the image, Peter, my top choice for the TOM.
já havia ouvido falar e vi algumas fotos desse lugar, mas não podia conhecer tudo da namíbia e essa área ficou de fora. linda essa foto com um toque de surrealismo, contraste entre a força da natureza e a teimosia humana em ocupar espaços que são dela. linda foto, ótima luz, enquadramento e tudo o mais.
PS: ´por aqui as coisas ainda estão se acomodando depois do último terremoto social com a greve dos caminhoneiros, a maior paralisação nacional que eu vi desde que nasci.