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I Photographed The Secretive Capital Of North Korea
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I Photographed The Secretive Capital Of North Korea

My name is Hélène Veilleux and I’m a Lyon (France) based photographer. My creative work could be defined as the fine line between reality and impossibilities.

I would like to invite you to cross the 38th parrallel North and visit Pyongyang, the secretive capital of North Korea (DPRK).

I am a tourist with my forehead pressed against the bus window, eyes wide open to capture every inch of the city. Clinging to my camera, accumulating postcards’ images I hope to finally confront the reality of this city nestled beyond the 38th parallel north with the sum of the images, rumors and fantasies laying inside me. But I’m a tourist, and the bus is back on track…

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Arc of Triumph

Mansudae Hill

Amusement park

Mansudae Hill

Modern architecture

Propaganda

Subway entrance

New Dubai

Stadium

Street view

Modern architecture

Wedding day

Street view

Propaganda

Street view

Traffic girl

Street view

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CristineCristine
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6 years ago

One thing I noticed: very, very clean.

Community Member
6 years ago

clean and empty

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DiegoLòpezProsen
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful work Helene! Congrats!

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6 years ago

thanks :p

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A.e.Dynamo
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6 years ago

very melancholy...

KarenNordyke
Community Member
6 years ago

The photos are surreal. They seem so empty, sad, oppressed even. Wonderful photographer that's able to show the sadness and sterility in such a way that it captured my soul in those minutes!

Sangfroid
Community Member
6 years ago

Lack of crowds of people. Why build the monuments if your people cannot enjoy them? Or, maybe the people choose not to enjoy them? OR?????

KathiMcCallum
Community Member
6 years ago

Creepy. There is no life in that place.

RaoulJM
Community Member
6 years ago

Why are all your photos brown?

Community Member
6 years ago

I choosed fade tones to enlight the sureals fealing of old postcards ( DPRK is a country out of "time" ) and "staged" scenics I experimented while visiting this country

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Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

Very empty... It's so strange... But the photos are incredible ;)

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

The monuments & architecture seem to be copies of western ones. But then "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Yes, the streets seem clean, but devoid of all passion.

DorianTireli
Community Member
6 years ago

amazing shots. love it

rhetorical1
Community Member
6 years ago

Do the North Koreans think this is normal living? So desolate. The photos are great.

JamesGuinness
Community Member
6 years ago

This is normal living for them.

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AnnaSalerno
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6 years ago

This is beautiful work for a tourist and photographer. The most evident thing I noticed is; where are the people? Why are the streets so empty? I find myself wondering if the camera had to be hidden. I felt a sense of profound sadness in all these pictures even the wedding photo.

RosemaryTurpin
Community Member
6 years ago

Not many trees, eh?

microsaurio
Community Member
6 years ago

Where is the selfie with Kim Jong-un?

SantakDalai
Community Member
6 years ago

Looks cleaner. But very less people moving around.

JudyAshley
Community Member
6 years ago

Sterile -- hardly any people. When I hear stories about China, its about conjestion and pollution. Not in these plaes. It's almost like people are avoiding the monuments.

Community Member
6 years ago

Even if China is the historical "big brother" , DPRK and China are really different

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DanielYerkes
Community Member
6 years ago

Did you add a filter to the pictures or is it actually brown and hazy like that?

DonGuild
Community Member
6 years ago

Why would anyone want to live in a country run by an egotistical maniac . He is a murderer. Starves most of the people in the country.

MarioLarenasNegrete
Community Member
6 years ago

Ugly

motamanx
Community Member
6 years ago

I'd love to buy (or preferably trade) a picture with you. google Rowland Scherman.

motamanx
Community Member
6 years ago

Wonderful pictures! What does the traffic girl do, as there is none.

CristineCristine
Community Member
6 years ago

One thing I noticed: very, very clean.

Community Member
6 years ago

clean and empty

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DiegoLòpezProsen
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6 years ago

Beautiful work Helene! Congrats!

Community Member
6 years ago

thanks :p

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A.e.Dynamo
Community Member
6 years ago

very melancholy...

KarenNordyke
Community Member
6 years ago

The photos are surreal. They seem so empty, sad, oppressed even. Wonderful photographer that's able to show the sadness and sterility in such a way that it captured my soul in those minutes!

Sangfroid
Community Member
6 years ago

Lack of crowds of people. Why build the monuments if your people cannot enjoy them? Or, maybe the people choose not to enjoy them? OR?????

KathiMcCallum
Community Member
6 years ago

Creepy. There is no life in that place.

RaoulJM
Community Member
6 years ago

Why are all your photos brown?

Community Member
6 years ago

I choosed fade tones to enlight the sureals fealing of old postcards ( DPRK is a country out of "time" ) and "staged" scenics I experimented while visiting this country

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Sonia.Alexandra
Community Member
6 years ago

Very empty... It's so strange... But the photos are incredible ;)

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

The monuments & architecture seem to be copies of western ones. But then "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Yes, the streets seem clean, but devoid of all passion.

DorianTireli
Community Member
6 years ago

amazing shots. love it

rhetorical1
Community Member
6 years ago

Do the North Koreans think this is normal living? So desolate. The photos are great.

JamesGuinness
Community Member
6 years ago

This is normal living for them.

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AnnaSalerno
Community Member
6 years ago

This is beautiful work for a tourist and photographer. The most evident thing I noticed is; where are the people? Why are the streets so empty? I find myself wondering if the camera had to be hidden. I felt a sense of profound sadness in all these pictures even the wedding photo.

RosemaryTurpin
Community Member
6 years ago

Not many trees, eh?

microsaurio
Community Member
6 years ago

Where is the selfie with Kim Jong-un?

SantakDalai
Community Member
6 years ago

Looks cleaner. But very less people moving around.

JudyAshley
Community Member
6 years ago

Sterile -- hardly any people. When I hear stories about China, its about conjestion and pollution. Not in these plaes. It's almost like people are avoiding the monuments.

Community Member
6 years ago

Even if China is the historical "big brother" , DPRK and China are really different

Load More Replies...
DanielYerkes
Community Member
6 years ago

Did you add a filter to the pictures or is it actually brown and hazy like that?

DonGuild
Community Member
6 years ago

Why would anyone want to live in a country run by an egotistical maniac . He is a murderer. Starves most of the people in the country.

MarioLarenasNegrete
Community Member
6 years ago

Ugly

motamanx
Community Member
6 years ago

I'd love to buy (or preferably trade) a picture with you. google Rowland Scherman.

motamanx
Community Member
6 years ago

Wonderful pictures! What does the traffic girl do, as there is none.

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