When this photographer from Singapore was granted access to North Korea, he expected to find a country littered with poverty and unhappy people. But what he found was quite the opposite.
When budding photographer Aram Pan visited vibrant markets and witnessed happy families enjoying themselves at a water park and along sunny, clean beaches. He quickly realised that his original expectations had been well and truly shattered and his project had taken on a whole new outlook.
Speaking about the project Aram said:
People seem to go about their daily lives and everything looks so incredibly normal. Some of my friends tell me that everything I’ve seen must be fake and all that I’ve photographed are a massive mock up.
But the more I think about that logic, the more it doesn’t make any sense… would anyone mock up miles and miles of crops as far as my eyes can see and orchestrate thousands of people to seemingly go about their daily lives?
While Aram was escorted around the country while he took his photos and filmed, he also said he was given a lot of freedom and that none of his work was confiscated or even looked over by officials.
He summarised by explaining that North Korea just needs more “friendly interaction” from the outside world. But with the media hot on its tail, I doubt that’s going to happen anytime soon. And Kim Jong is still a bit of a maniac.
[via Daily Mail]
Photos by Aram Pan.