Kolmanskop – a place of magical light, perfect colours and a whole lot of desert

As you may or may not know, I was out traveling around the world with my better half for a year, and we only came back a few months ago. Traveling is one of the best ways to find inspiration, and I soaked up every bit inspiration I could get from each country. One of the most memorable places, and definitely one that inspired me the most (albeit unconsciously), was ‘Kolmanskop’ in Namibia.

Kolmanskop was once a thriving little diamond mining village in the middle of the Namibian desert. In 1954 however, the last people that had remained abandoned the village, and since then Kolmanskop has belonged completely to the desert.

Today Kolmanskop is one of the most visited tourist sites in Namibia, and definitely one of the top 5 most photogenic places in Namibia (or even the world??). The sand reaches over a meter high in some rooms, and combined with the battered roofs and walls that let some glimmers of light in here and there, and the faded colours on the walls, it felt like a movie set or something from another planet… 

The other day one of my Instagram followers wrote that our new home reminded her a lot of a photo from Kolmanskop that I had posted the day after we were there. And it struck me then, although I had not thought about it at all, that our visit to Kolmanskop had a really big impact on me. I have painted one of my walls in a dusty Kolmanskop-pink, and I bought a tiny disco ball to get that glimmering light in… It totally makes sense to me now, haha!

We spent the better half of that day exploring all the different buildings and photographing every inch of the place. Here’s a little taste of those photos!

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