The Sand Rooms

 Empire Cafe Photographic Exhibition
 Part of the ‘Sand Rooms’ Photographic Exhibition, at the Empire Cafe, in Muizenberg, 2006.
 Gina Niederhumer in Kolmanskop, Namibia
These are the photos from our trip early in the 2006, to Kolmanskop, a derelict mining Town on the edge of the Namibian desert.The images evoked a strong response in me, forcing me to look at my own history of loss and displacement, and prompted the “Fragments of the Past” Fiber Art Exhibition earlier this year which was held at the Cape Francolin Art Hotel in Riebeek – Kasteel.I wanted to show these photos because Kolmanskop is hauntingly beautiful and fairy-tale like. The sand is constantly shifting, pushing these abandoned houses on to the brink of their existence. Although I feel they should not end up being swallowed by the desert and forgotten, it is exactly this tipping of the scale, that creates its incredible fascination.I felt very privileged to see this place. . . where time stopped one day.
 The Sand Room
Long forgotten days piling up high in a corner of the room
Memories etched into the Walls. . .
Of lives lived here –
In the desert
In those beautiful homes. . .
Tears soaked into floorboards,
Sighs clinging like cobwebs to the ceilings. . .
Such possibilities for a good life. . .
Gone  . . .
Swept over the Namib by the political currents of the time . . .
Gone . . .
Like the sand in the wind . . .And here stand I . . . traveler of an other generation –
Moved by what I see.
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