Kim and get it!

North Korea is not the easiest place to see and try to make sense of. Here are 312 photos to prove it. While I can not tell you anything about what it is like to live there, I still hope I can increase your understanding of what goes on in this part of the world.

There's already too much sensationalism and simply silly "information" about North Korea making the rounds on the Internet. I will try to be neutral and just show you the things I saw without speculating too much about what it means. These photos are in many cases not up to the standard I usually like to present to you. Visiting North Korea means you'll have to accept a long list of rules for what you can and can not do, especially when it comes to photography. I generally had no chance to prepare well for taking photos, I rarely got more than one chance to capture something, and I often had to shoot from a fast-moving vehicle. Still, because there are so precious few photos available from North Korea, I have chosen to show you as much as possible of what I managed to capture. What the photos lack in quality, I hope my captions may somehow make up for it, so that all in all it can be an interesting photo journal for you.

Thanks for coming along!

(PS: Clicking on an image will take you to the next one.)

 

 

Sånn kan det også gjøres...

Nord-Korea er ikke lett å forstå seg på. Her er 312 bilder som beviser det. Jeg kan på ingen måte fortelle deg hvordan det er å leve i landet, men jeg håper at jeg likevel kan gi deg et mer balansert bilde av forholdene i denne delen av verden enn du antagelig har fra før.

Det finnes altfor mye overdrevet "informasjon" om Nord-Korea på nettet. Folk som har vært der vil gjerne gi inntrykk av at de har vært omtrent på en annen planet. Jeg vil prøve å være mer objektiv og bare vise deg hva jeg så i landet, uten å spekulere altfor mye i hva som ligger bak det.Disse bildene er i mange tilfeller ikke helt så gode som jeg vanligvis vil at de skal være når jeg skal vise frem noe. Å besøke Nord-Korea innebærer at man godtar en mengde regler for hva man får og ikke får lov til å gjøre. Det gjelder særlig fotografering. Jeg fikk sjelden forberedt meg, og vanligvis fikk jeg bare én sjanse til å fange noe. I tillegg måtte jeg for en stor del ta bilder fra buss, bil eller tog i stor fart.Likevel, fordi det finnes så få av denne typen bilder, har jeg valgt å ta med så mye som mulig som jeg føler at kan være med på å forklare hvordan det er å reise i Nord-Korea. Der bildene er dårlige håper jeg at bildetekstene kan hjelpe til med å gi deg noe som er verdt å se på likevel.

Takk for at du blir med!

(PS: Ved å klikke på et bilde går du videre til neste.)

 

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About the photos:
* Taken with a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V (fixed lens, not an SLR)
* These 312 photos were selected from about 3,500 photos I took during this trip
* Some photos were processed using PaintShop Photo Pro X5 and Nik Color Efex Pro 3

If you enjoy these photos, your experience may continue at http://bjornfree.com/galleries.html
(Where you can also download my travel book, One for the Road, for free!)