I had always thought this picture was a painting till I found more information on it. It is a photograph taken in the slowly sinking city in the desert of southern Namibia, Africa, a ghost town called Kolmanskop.
In the 1900’s, diamonds were found just sitting on the sand and people flocked to the desert. Kolmanskop became a mining town but after WW1, sales prices for diamonds dropped significantly and the town turned into a ghost town.
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