TOKYO-2017 Editorial / Environmental

The Global Ghost Town

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Mario Schmied

This series depicts a grim, dystopian image of our potential future planet - A future planet in which humanity has vanished from certain regions or the surface of earth entirely. It is very well imaginable that resource depletion, increasing desertification, global warming or the use of weapons of mass destruction could turn precious living space inhabitable. Kolmanskop, Namibia serves as a powerful representative and warning for such man-made civilizatory downfall and the transience of our existence – a formerly prosperous settlement abandoned due to the depletion of a diamond mine now slowly being claimed back by the desert.