Crooked Timber

May 28th, 2014, 9am

This is a location that I’ve seen many times and been wanting to go to for years. This particular scene has always captured my attention and I just had to photograph it for myself.

This is the amazing town of Kolmanskop in the Namib desert in southern Namibia. It was a successful diamond mining town from 1908 right up until 1954. It not only had the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere, but also the first tram in Africa. When the diamond supply eventually ran out, the Germans abandoned it and the sands moved in to reclaim the land.

The whole town is run-down and nearly every house is filled or partially-filled with the desert sands. There a quite a few warnings of dangerous snakes around, but sadly/luckily I didn’t run into any.

I hope this photo piques your interested like it did to me! I’m tempted to run a workshop here next year, so let me know if you might be interested in that.

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Conor MacNeill

Fine-art travel photographer, freelance front-end web developer and martial arts instructor. Head to to find out more about me.

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