Beach house: Eerie images show sand-swept ghost town in the middle of the desert

These sand-swept images show the ghostly remains of what was once a mineral-rich mining community.

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

In its heyday the town of Kolmanskop, Namibia, was home to around 700 families.

Now, though, all that remains are emptied homes filled with sand while the likes of bathtubs scatter the surrounding area.

Over time, the stunning sand dunes that encircle the Kolmanskop have been blown towards the abandoned residences, coating everything from streets to the interior of houses and workshops.

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

As well as being filled with sand from the Namib Desert, it is also believed that the German-style homes contain haunted spirits.

Kolmanskop was a town formed by miners, who flocked to the area in the 1900s when diamonds were discovered.

For around 50 years the town was inhabited by those looking for riches, but, in 1954, as the mines dried up and more resources were found further south, the town was eventually abandoned.

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

Photographer David Ogden, from Melbourne, Florida, USA, has visited the site on a couple of occasions.

David initially visited nearby Luderitz, but after a sandstorm hit, he took cover in the sandy homes.

Sheltering in the building, David decided to photograph their eerie intrigue over a number of hours.

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

He said: “I was immediately stuck by the amount of sand – it redefines the term ‘beach house.’

“I love photographing such locations, as there is something special about finding beauty in abandonment.

“Through the images I was looking to depict how Jesus uses a gentle had to reclaim what man made or destroyed.

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

Kolmankop, an abandoned mining town in Namibia

“The response to these images has been electric.

“Many people have been saying that they now want to see Kolmanskop in person.”