shut that door! by mamba

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Taken inside a house in the ghost town of Kolmanskop in the Namib desert, southern Namibia.
It used to be a small diamond mining village until abandoned in 1956.
Many of the buildings here have been taken over by the desert sands.

Olympus C750

- WINNER in the Abandoned Challenge in the “Absolute Clarity Group” May 2013

- WINNER in Abandoned Buildings Challenge in the ‘Everything Ends’ group March 2010

-Top Ten Challenge Winner in the Weekly Themes Challenge Group. March 2012

-Top Ten Challenge Winner in the in the ‘A Rare Find Challenge’ in the Power of Photography Group. February 2012

-Top Ten Challenge Winner in the ‘Many Moons Ago Challenge’ in the Afrikaans is my Mother Tongue Group. November 2011

- Top Ten Challenge Winner in the ‘Abandoned Places’ challenge in the Weekly Themes Challenge Group. March 2012.

- Top Ten Challenge Winner in the ‘Funny sights around the world’ challenge in the ‘Around The World’ group.

- Top Ten Challenge Winner in the ‘Favourite Places You Take, Make or Paint’ group. May 2010.

- Top Ten Challenge Winner in the ‘FAUNA, FLORA, LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURE OF SOUTH AFRICA’ group. August 2010.

Featured in:
- Featured Men Photographers January 2012.
- Most Favorites August 2010.
- #1 Artists of RedBubble May 2010.
- ThE fInE aRt Of pEEliNg PaINt March 2010
- Nature’s Reclamation Nov. 2009
- Delapidated Buildings Nov. 2009
- Unwanted, Abandoned & Saved Through Preservation Dec. 2009
- Outside The Box Jan. 2010


  • Tony Waite
    Tony Waiteabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks very much Tony.

    – mamba

  • GavinJHawley
    GavinJHawleyabout 5 years ago

    Wonderfrul image of how powerful nature is. Be a bugger vacuuming the carpet.

  • Thanks Gavin, be a …… trying to find the carpet!

    – mamba

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful colours in this photo. I love it. It tells such a wonderful story.

    think you might need a bobcat (tractor) rather than a vacuum cleaner for this size job. ;-)
  • Hi again Bryan. If you can get the tractor through that door, I’ll do the rest ;)

    – mamba

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanabout 5 years ago

  • Wow! Many thanks ozzywoman, a real honour, it’s only been uploaded recently.

    – mamba

  • Cliff Vestergaard
    Cliff Vestergaardabout 5 years ago

    Like sands through the hour glass

  • Your right Cliff but instead of an hour, it’s taken over 50 years.

    – mamba

  • A1000WORDS
    A1000WORDSabout 5 years ago

    Amazing capture…

  • Thanks very much, it’s an amazing place.

    – mamba

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrabout 5 years ago

    Stunning colours, great capture.

  • Thanks Gary, it was a fantastic place to visit and great for photos. You need a permit (easy to get) because they are worried that people run off with diamonds which can be found on the surface of the desert.

    – mamba

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beabout 5 years ago

    Wow this a stunning. What a great capture

  • Thanks very much Kimba.

    – mamba

  • Linda Yates
    Linda Yatesabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture! Congratulations on the feature in Dilapidated buildings!!

  • Many thanks Linda.

    – mamba

  • Kevin Bergen
    Kevin Bergenabout 5 years ago

    I’ve never seen something like this—an abandoned, dilapidated house is pretty neat, but this place full of sand is just amazing. Your image is framed so well and takes me right into the house. Terrific job!!

  • Thank you Kevin. It’s a great place to be with a camera.

    – mamba

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