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Great brianmcc 2012-03-12 11:16

hi johanet,
you have framed this picture perfectly with the darkened door frame. the ornate window and the tiled floor testify to the fact that a family lived here and that this was a home for years. the fact that you have the interior of the house silhouetted empphasisies its abandonment today. and this is in contrast to the brightness of the exterior which is illuminated by the sun.
why did this town become abandoned, was it the movement of the sands?

Old 03-14-2012, 10:22 AM
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Hi Brian,

This little town was founded because of the discovery of diamonds in the Namib dessert. The people who lived and mined here were fabulously rich and nothing was too expensive or too difficult to do. They had a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, bowling alley, theatre and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere! They even had international acts like the St Petersburg ballet perform in their theatre. Keep in mind this was 1908 and not the global village we live in nowadays.

The town declined after World War I when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was ultimately abandoned in 1954.

Diamonds are still mined in the dessert though and most of the coastline is a "Sperrgebiet" and the mining right belong to De Beers, meaning don't bend over and pick something up when there is someone around to see you! They have strict security measures and the town is still monitered via CCTV.

The town has a very surreal feel to it. Decaying opulence is somehow very disturbing.

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hi johanet,
thank you for taking the time to reply.
wow, what you paint a great picture of the place. what an incredible history.
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