Monday, August 15, 2011

Desert Indoors

I was captivated when I saw the work of Spanish photographer, Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes. In his series, "Desert Indoors", he traveled to a small town in the Namib Desert called, Kolmanskop. This town although small, was once a thriving mining village. Driven by the enormous wealth of diamond miners, the residents built this village with impressive amenities including a hospital, ballroom, school, power station, sports hall, theater, casino, ice factory, and the first x-ray station in the southern hemisphere, as well as the first tram developed in Africa. Pretty interesting, huh? But after WW11, the town declined completely after the diamonds became few and far between, 1958. Kolmanskop's 40 years of life, now remains as a ghost town, reclaimed by the desert.
Thank you, Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes for capturing the beauty in the abandoned.

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