Indoor Desert

I first saw these intriguing sand photos on Marvami, a travel & storytelling site created by an incredibly interesting couple (after my own heart), Madalena & Vasco, from Barcelona. If you have a minute, go check out their shop

The photo series is by the talented Barcelona photographer Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés. They were taken in Southern Africa, in what is now a ghost town filled with weathered, Bavarian homes, neglected over time by their previous German inhabitants. I love the way the sand piles high in the doorways and spills out like it was slowly seeking an escape. The desert just crept in through an open door and slowly claimed the structures. Read more about the background of this project, from the photographer, below.

By the end of World War I, diamond mines in Kolmanskuppe, a site in the Namib Desert, ceased to be exploited. For over two decades it had been one of the wealthiest settlements in Southern Africa. During that time of splendour, German colonists who run the site had built their peculiar residences there evoking the architecture and décor of those in their homeland Bavaria. After it was closed down and its inhabitants left, Kolmanskuppe became a ghost town engulfed by desert sands. With his series Indoor Desert, Álvaro Sánchez-Montañés enters these houses abandoned to the desert to unveil the serene enchantment that dwells in their chambers.