I’ve been many places in this world, a few where man has left and mother nature is slowly coming back and reclaiming what is hers. Kolmanskop is a bit freaky, the town close to it; Luderitz isn’t much different. They both belong to a time that has long been forgotten, or perhaps they have just been ignored by the rest of the world and have been left to their devices with very little influence from the outside world.
I’m not saying this is a bad thing, its possibly a very good thing. Imagine if the whole world were the same living in this so called modern era with our faces glued to some screen for most of our waking hours. It’s quite a chilling thought really, I often sit on the train watching everyone with their eyes glued to the screen of some device, there are always a few people either reading a book or looking out the window, something I do a lot of when on a train. That’s something I’ve learnt from photography to look at the world around me, to wonder about it and try to understand it. I’ve also learnt to look at it very differently, before it was just there. while I don’t really know how to describe how I look at the world around me now, there is much more purpose in the way I look at it, I focus in on details and can easily remove the noise around that detail, it’s something that I do and not only when I am out taking photographs, I guess i just pay much more attention to what’s going on around me.
I’m not trying to preach that devices are bad and that they are sucking our souls out from our bodies, I own more of them than most people and I spend way too much time on them. I just feel sometimes that they’re sucking MY soul out of my body.