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NB01-28 by Sergio Pessolano



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18.10.2009 at 19:57h
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Kolmanskop, Namibia

Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was a small mining village and is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers).
It developed after the discovery of diamonds in the area in 1908, to provide shelter for workers from the harsh environment of the Namib Desert. The name originates from a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who during a sand storm abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement.
Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners the village was built like a German town, with facilities like 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 as diamond prices crashed, and operations moved to Oranjemund. It was abandoned in 1956 but has since been partly restored. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists can now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for its scenic settings of the desert sands reclaiming this once thriving town. Due to its location within the restricted area (Sperrgebiet) of the Namib desert, a permit is necessary to enter the town.


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Etienne Go, 18.10.2009 at 20:11h

Fantastic! I really like this series you took!

wovo, 18.10.2009 at 21:44h

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manlio agrifoglio, 18.10.2009 at 21:48h


Valfoto, 18.10.2009 at 22:54h

Great picture

Francesco Torrisi, 18.10.2009 at 22:56h

Splendida !

Adele Oliver, 19.10.2009 at 2:47h

cheers, Adele

Tullio Corradini, 19.10.2009 at 7:05h

grandissima composizione !
Bravo Sergio

Michael Grotkamp, 19.10.2009 at 11:18h

Fantastic. And excellent builded format.

Alexandra Baltog, 19.10.2009 at 16:24h


Dr. Scheimplug, 19.10.2009 at 20:07h

Toller Bildaufbau und Farben; schön umgesetzt! +++
Salute - Dr.

Elke Michalik, 20.10.2009 at 8:24h

a dream
greets elke

S.Savides, 21.10.2009 at 12:23h

Great composition!

Flighty Furrow, 21.10.2009 at 18:33h

Perfect the stark contrast of the dark inside and the lovely blue outside in-between the two that broken window half opened!

Claire Laira, 22.10.2009 at 11:53h

Superb...and the colours are fabulous!

decay, 22.10.2009 at 12:41h

Schön gemacht, ich finde
das ist Dir ganz toll gelungen!
Sehr schöne Aufnahme, der
Schnitt gefällt mir hier sehr

lg dennis

Regina Bliem, 25.10.2009 at 19:15h

wow great ! my husband spent 2 weeks at namibia and was at this kolmannskuppe - but of course the restaurated and normal GERMAN buildings .
so I never thoght it could look so adventurefully romantic like this pic shows !


Daniel Avasilichioaei, 26.10.2009 at 18:25h

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mike snead, 5.11.2009 at 4:46h

dynamic composition.


Comy, 15.11.2009 at 7:06h


Florian Clarén, 12.01.2010 at 21:19h

excellent work, I love this pic..!!

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Brian Collins, 27.01.2010 at 11:49h

amazing!!!has it all.

Armin Leitner, 29.08.2012 at 0:31h

No words left for this excellent presentation.
Well done ! As usual, by the way.

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