Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 35-70mm L lens.

Kolmanscop is an old diamond mining ghost town which was established in Southern Namibia, Africa in 1908. In 1908, the black African worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railroad inspector August Stauch. After realizing that this area is rich of diamonds, many German miners settled in this area and soon after the German government declared a large area as a “Sperrgebiet”, starting to exploit the diamond field.
Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents built the village in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere as well as the first tram in Africa. It had a railway link to Lüderitz..
The town declined after World War I when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was ultimately abandoned in 1954. The geological forces of the desert mean that people now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. A very challenging place to photograph!

My favourite artist, Vincent Van Gogh once said “the way to know life is to love many things” and I hope those words are reflected in my photography.

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  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 3 years ago

    Wow… great image and back story.. Thanks.

  • Thanks very much!

    – Jill Fisher

  • Alberto  DeJesus
    Alberto DeJesusalmost 3 years ago

    Amazing. Your description really adds dimension to the image!

  • Thanks Alberto, the story behind it was quite compelling, it’s an amazing place, the inhabitants all just suddenly up and left when the price of diamonds went down in the 1950’s! Barely anything has been touched since..

    – Jill Fisher

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 3 years ago

    maybe challenging to photograph, but you did a great job of it.

  • Many thanks for your lovely compliment

    – Jill Fisher

  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats, your image has been featured in ThE aRt Of pEEliNg PaINt
    22 Apr 2012

  • Thanks so much for the feature in your group Andrew ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 3 years ago

    This is an amazing image and back story! I get to live vicariously through this image as I visited Namibia a few years ago but knew nothing of this ghost town. What a great place this would have been to explore :)

  • Many thanks Andrew, this place was on my bucket list for years and it didn’t disappoint. Spent hours exploring the abandoned mansions and crawling through doorways and windows, loved every minute, fascinating… ~ cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much Elaine ~ warm regards

    – Jill Fisher

  • Nicole  McKinney
    Nicole McKinneyover 2 years ago

    Wow- now this is truly unique!

  • Thanks very much Nicole. it’s a pretty special place to photograph, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Themis
    Themisover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, this picture has been voted in a top-ten place in the Door to your house challenge, and should be featured on the Photography Challenge Group overview page (However, as it hasn’t been added to the group, that can’t be done and another will be featured in its place)

    Please don’t forget to enter this image in our August Avatar Challenge

  • JandeBeer
    JandeBeerover 2 years ago

    Excellent capture.
    I am going to Luderitz for the first time on 15 Set 2012 cant wait

  • Thank you, sorry for late response as only just saw your comment, hope you enjoyed it!! :)

    – Jill Fisher

  • karina5
    karina5about 2 years ago

    Very impressive image, Jill.

  • Many thanks Karina, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

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