Desert Indoors

Kolmanskop, a town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, was once a rich diamond mining village. Within a 40 year span the town lived, flourished and then died. Richer diamond deposits were discovered further south, operations were moved, nature took its course and the desert sands reclaimed their space. Thank you, Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés, for capturing these hauntingly beautiful images!

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  1. Erin wrote:

    Wow! Those are incredibly beautiful. Captivating.

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  2. wow this is incredible.

    Fashionable Collections

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  3. Lo wrote:

    wow that is really gorgeous!

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  4. Kia wrote:

    Love them ♥

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  5. oh wow!! beautiful photos! made my heart skip a beat 😉
    xo ~ kristina
    http://beancakes.wordpress.com/

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  6. Amazing!

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  7. Carrie wrote:

    Sometimes my car looks like that after I come back from the beach. 🙂
    These are really amazing.

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  8. Franzi wrote:

    I love this place and I would love to visit it some day.

    I believe Vogue UK also shot there for the May issue with Agyness Deyn. Definitely worth checking out!

    Franzi
    xx

    http://franzistylenomad.wordpress.com/

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  9. Yvette wrote:

    ..my eye caught the name first and then the pics, as hauntingly beautiful these pics are so it is in real life!! I have been there numerous times as we lived in the old South West (Namibie) and traveled the country alot! A feeling one can’t describe but only experience….a part of my heart is still there…

    Yvette (South Africa)

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  10. amourette wrote:

    wow this is so striking

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  11. Yvette wrote:

    …my eye caught the name first and then the pics, as hauntingly beautiful these pics are so it is in real life!! I have been there numerous times as we lived in the old South West (Namibie) and traveled the country alot! A feeling one can’t describe but only experience….a part of my heart is still there…
    Yvette (South Africa)

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  12. angie wrote:

    ooooh, i want to play in there!

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  13. Shirin wrote:

    absolutely incredible. these photos are stunnign and speak so loudly the power of nature.

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  14. Leah wrote:

    simply awesome.

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  15. hy wrote:

    These pictures are amazing but evoke sadness. Both nature and a place of inhabitance were stripped of what made them beautiful for greed and power. I can’t just look at these and think “Oh what a perfect place to shoot fashion” unless there was the message of the exploitation of the country. Sorry to be Debbie Downer

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  16. Zee wrote:

    so gorgeous!

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  17. Dee wrote:

    I would love a lifesize image of this.

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  18. winnie wrote:

    these are amazing! you were right to describe them as hauntingly beautiful.. they are so eerie yet spectacular!

    -Winnie
    http://winniereally.blogspot.com

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  19. Grace wrote:

    wow, really beautiful!

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  20. Noelle wrote:

    I just want to play in this! Awesome

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  21. Rae wrote:

    i dont know why i love them so much!

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  22. sam wrote:

    holy shit. this is gorgeous.

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  23. Susannah wrote:

    absolutely incredible! looks like there’s still one gem left in that old diamond mining village 🙂 (get it?! hahaha)

    xo,
    susannah

    http://stylepourlavie.tumblr.com/
    http://lavieetme.blogspot.com/

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  24. ralph wrote:

    we are just guest hear till mother nature decides otherwise–

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  25. Lynda M O wrote:

    On first scroll thru I thought they were paintings. They mesmerize and enchant with their distinctiveness.

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  26. jonahliza wrote:

    these images are crazy..

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  27. Kolbey wrote:

    i lived in Guatemala and after some mud slides rural villages i helped dig out some houses and they looked exactly like this… brings back memories

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  28. LargeVirus wrote:

    I’m going there

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