Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, founded in the early 1900's when diamonds were discovered here.
After the diamonds dried up and were found elsewhere, the once lively and flourishing town died and was abandoned.
All that inhabits the town now is the desert sands which are slowly reclaiming it.
One can just imagine a ghost gliding down the stairs here ;-)
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SnapRJW (31623) 2014-01-21 0:59
Hi Wanda - I like this in B&W as I think the textures, light and tones are accentuated very well. The composition is attractive, giving an intimate feel to the shot and I particularly like the vertical layered divisions in the frame as I 'read' the shot from left to right. I wish you a rather belated fabulous 2014! Rosemary
phildar77360 (328) 2014-01-21 1:39
J'aime beaucoup cette composition noir et blanc.
L'absence de couleur renforce d'autant plus ce sentiment de Ghost town. Je trouve également tres beau cet escalier
Bien travaillé avec cette belle rampe. on peut apercevoir les déformations du au temps...
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-21 2:26
seen a few shots on TE from this amazing place, but this is a new take and in B&W it has so much more atmosphere and glorious texturing too. Fascinating, atmospheric and intriguing, now that is what this site is all about, so - well done.
holmertz (43297) 2014-01-21 4:17
I remember this place. I still keep a colour photo from a similar house, or the same, among my favourites. The colours were quite expressive but this works well in B&W too. The shapes of the staircase, the textures of the faded walls and the sand covering the floors don't really need any colours. For those who are not afraid of ghosts (or maybe snakes?) it must be fascinating to explore these abandoned buildings.
abmdsudi (44974) 2014-01-21 5:46
I love the title, lovely play of shadows, light and ambient that you have a decent amount of contrast. Overall, the framing is superb with 3 D feel, I think you have a solid shot and there's a pulling power as the eye will always naturally wander back and forth but the keeps getting pulled back to staircase adding to the impact of the scene, filled by the rustic feel. Your keen observation has brought this to good life that appears so unique and credit to your handling of clarity which is delicately handled as nothing appears to be over or under exposed. Great capture, very well done, a good quality image. Congrats
willperrett (7694) 2014-01-21 5:57
As a confirmed fan of monochrome, and a lover of abandoned places, this certainly hits the spot. Mysterious and sad, it's also very well framed and composed: what's up the stairs and round that strangely-lit corner?
williewhistler (15065) 2014-01-21 7:45
you have managed to portray the sense of dereliction very well in this imaginatively composed shot.
The elegant curves of the bannister combined with the crumbling paint work and plaster make a very interesting photograph that is enhanced by your sympathetic conversion to BW.
Best regards Les.
parvatibb (1387) 2014-01-21 10:55
I love the texture and B&W presentation. A touchable ghostly feeling. Excellent presentation!
jjcordier (77898) 2014-01-21 22:45
Très belle photo. Un noir et blanc parfaitement adapté à cette excellente composition aux belles textures.
COSTANTINO (58037) 2014-01-21 22:50
the title describes everything
about about this abandoned ghost
town in the Namid desert
artistic minimalistic shot in sepia
your notes are very useful
adidas5nb (5673) 2014-01-21 23:41
...and the frame is a b n w beauty from you.amazing frame and low angle makes this frame so attractive and inviting.love the idea,the light.
sevy (15365) 2014-01-22 1:53
It is one of the photo spot in Namibia. I was not passing there when visiting this country. Not a big issue because my photo skill was in learning mood in 2007. So I would have not extract the best at that time. At the opposite, and hopefully, we are still and continously learning.
I like your idea to deal it in B&W, to evidence all the textures of the stair, the sand and the walls.
Perhaps it is missing a small forgotten, lost, object in the composition to reinforce the message of the shot. But this is my way to see this scene. The sand in the house is already answering by itself.
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (15000)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-05-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/16, 1/13 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-21 0:45