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20-JUL-2014 Dick Keely

Ghost Town

Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia

Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia.
Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers).
Its a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz.
It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman.
During a sand storm he abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement.
In 1908 the worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area.
He showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector August Stauch.
Realising the area was rich in diamonds, German miners began settlement.
Soon after the German government declared a large area as a "Sperrgebiet", starting to exploit the diamond field.
Reference: Wikipedia

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JSB PHOTOGRAPHS23-Jun-2019 20:17
Fantastic image. V
Julie Oldfield18-Oct-2014 15:52
Excellent tones and contrast.
Ken Duckert18-Oct-2014 13:06
Excellent. The PP is perfect for the scene. Most dramatic and compelling.
jlm17-Oct-2014 18:21
Excellent B&W
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