Everyone knows that North Korea is a country isolated from the rest of the world. Kin Jong Un makes sure that the country remains free from people belonging to other countries. That’s why visas are almost impossible to obtain and cost a fortune. But, Eric Lafforgue, a photographer visited the place six times and snuck out these amazing pictures. They truly are enlightening.
1. SLEEPING SOLDIER
A soldier sleeping on the side of the road shows how difficult life is for the North Korean army where one decision could get you court marshalled and hanged before the sun sets that day. Lafforgue said that this was the toughest pictures and probably the reason why he got banned from the country.
First look at the vast army and then the woman standing in the vibrant purple dress. By the way, snapping pictures of the military is strictly prohibited and a punishable offense.
3. HUMBLE ARMY
North Korea is often called a cruel country that is completely focused on destruction. But, the Army is actually highly considerate. Lafforgue said that he often say the army helping out the locals.
4. SUBWAY BOMB SHELTER
To the naked eye, this seems like a regular subway. But, this is the deepest tunnel in the world designed to survive a missile. Lafforgue was caught taking this picture and got told to delete it.
5. THE POVERTY
North Korea has poverty just like any other country. However, the government is intent on hiding it from the rest of the world. Officials asked Lafforgue to delete pictures of the poor even though he explained that his own country has poverty.
6. THE EMPTY ROADS
North Korea didn’t have many cars till a few years ago. The only people with cars were military officials or some high government members. Now, they’re a lot more common. You can see that the children aren’t used to the amount of cars as they are still playing in the middle of the roads.
7. A SMALL BREAK
North Korea doesn’t like spreading images of the military, but they absolutely despise that someone documents the soldiers during their free time. This soldier smoking a cigarette strongly dispels the belief that the North Korean army is solely dedicated to fighting. At least that is what Kim Jong wants you to believe.
North Korea isn’t all work and no play. This Delphinium is open so folks can get close to sea life and even take pictures. But, they’re going to have to delete them if they feature a soldier. Taking such a picture is difficult because literally the three quarters of the crowd is full of the army.
9. OVER-PARANOID GOVERNMENT
If there was one word to explain the condition, it would be paranoid. Lafforgue took this picture of a woman and her child that were tired and resting after a fun fair. However, he was asked to delete this picture because they though Eric would portray these two as homeless. If that’s no Paranoia, I don’t know what is.
10. FORBIDDEN ANGLES
While you’re allowed to take a picture of statues, you’re not allowed to take images from the back. Apparently, taking pictures of a statues glutes is a rude thing these days.
11. PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Imagine being in this line twice everyday. It’d be a nightmare.
12. A STANDARD STATUE
While to most fellow Americans, there isn’t anything wrong with this picture. But, the broom is enough evidence to hang the person that put it there. Yeah, Korea doesn’t like when there’s anything remotely disrespective present in a 5000 km radius to their statues.
13. HELPING HANDS
Another picture of how the North Korea military helps out citizens in need. The army militants are pushing a bus that broke down.
14. THE USUAL TRANSPORT
Due to lack of cars, farmers hjave to make do with whatever mode of transport they come across. At least, they can move past government checkpoints unnoticed with this transport.
15. STUDY TIMES
It’s incredible how North Korea praises it’s leaders. Lafforgue captured a student studying with the leaders looming in the background. Instead of a chart defining a DDoS attacks, students have to stare at two faces. Really goes to show how much the country cares about education.