An old door slightly ajar but unable to be opened due to the build up of sand over many years. Photographed by crawling around in the sand on my hands and knees in an old abandoned house at Kolmanscop, an old ghost diamond mining town in Namibia. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 35-70mm lens. CLICK ON PIC TO VIEW LARGE.

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!


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  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago

    impressive work!!

  • Thanks so much, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Excellent vivid colours & contrast!
    In fact, I’d say it’s postcard material! (^_^)

  • Many thanks for your very kind comment John, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Jane Brack
    Jane Brackabout 2 years ago

    Oh, I would have been there right along side of you! Excellent capture and so worth it! Lovely lighting!

  • Thanks very much Jane, it was quite an experience, a bit difficult with all the sand, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 2 years ago

    Nice work Jill.

  • Many thanks Warren, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Leonie Mac Lean
    Leonie Mac Leanabout 2 years ago

    Looks cool! Sounds like you had fun.

  • Thanks Leonie, yes it was really great fun, didn’t want to leave! Cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 2 years ago

    Congrats Jill! Love this!

  • That’s fantastic Sheryl, thanks very much for the feature , cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Elisabeth van Eyken
    Elisabeth van ...about 2 years ago

    Nice find. Love this image.

  • Sincere thanks Elisabeth, cheers

    – Jill Fisher

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on making the cut in the Best of the Best in Time Worn!!

    Featured Page

  • That’s wonderful, thanks very much for choosing my image in “Best of the Best”, I am truly honoured…

    – Jill Fisher

  • pablosvista2
    pablosvista2over 1 year ago

    Brilliant image – One of the best from the best of the best feature page in Time worn – congrats

  • Many thanks for your kind words Pablo,

    – Jill Fisher

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