When I see this picture, feel sad and depressed, people has no freedom there, bring us back to 30,40 years ago.
Photo of the Day 'NKorea Military Guide' — by David Guttenfelder
Photos: 'Inside North Korea' — by David Guttenfelder: http://on.natgeo.com/15UK2uw
Photos: 'DMZ Wildlife'— by Jongwoo Park: http://on.natgeo.com/14Y6QMu
DG's photo 'The Military Guide' subtly expresses 'The Power of Photography'. To find it look more deeply into it, around it, past it, and beyond it.
Put DG's photo into a context of pure photography; into a context of the original photo essay; and into a context of real-time.
An editorial convention, 'The Military Guide' not only is photographic allegory to 'follow the leader'; it is visual metaphor to 'see more pictures in the gallery'.
Times today are better for the people.
There is a naturally beautiful snowy forest.
NKorea authorities accompany us on our tour.
The Army today occupies a place Japan once controlled.
— Gary Conn
Noticed that the path walk is plowed in the picture? and this is where dar leader fought the Japanese...what a laugh....ever noticed also that the trees were planted.. in a straight line?.
I understand the allure of shots taken by your subscribers, and I understand the licensing issues associated with these pictures, but well over a month of photos of the day which cannot be downloaded? Ugh. This is awful (not this picture; it's great).
I'm wondering daily how the population surviving out there... without knowing anything about the rest the world, this is heart breaking for me... This image is great, like the winter scene in this forest...
Do soldiers in North Korea wear lipstick? Or, are her lips naturally that color? Is this photo staged; i.e., the makeup? Maybe a filter was used. Well?
A dramatic contrast between the pure white snow and dark drab military uniform of the Korean guide. Striking photo.
Il like the equal parts of severity and beauty of this picture. A nice contrast to make you wonder about all the other elements at play here. Nicely done!
Fantastic photo! How did you even manage a photo in a place where such strict laws forbid photographing?
Thank the Lord we have Dennis Rodman to help us understand these people ;)
This is a fantastic picture. So sad it is such a closed, cruel society. Maybe the above mentioned madness will peak some curiosity there.
The elusive and hidden North Korea. One of the few places our internet tentacles and peeping camera lenses can't penetrate fully.
"Hey Nikita is it cold In your little corner of the world?
And if there comes a time
Guns and gates no longer hold you in
And if you're free to make a choice ..."
Would you cross to the south?
Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 8/10 zoom lenses
Why don't you stick to the Photo and leave your Personal Non Relevant Comments out of the Blog!!
@Tex Vel Teap, those trees were indeed planted. Seen the same thing in many other countries, where there were previously deforested areas now covered in lined-up trees.
@Leyla R. they might not know about the outside world, but they "normal"
If it was Staged it wouldn't have gotten by The REAL Photo Experts at NG!!
@J S I thought this was no place for political comments !
@Shabbir Ahmad @J S Nicely put, Shabbir. NatGeo is about trying to distract people from the political and devisive long enough to remind them of all that unites us on the earth and is of common interest, or focus on it as what NOT to do, and how to make the shift to celebrating cultural variety, not making war over it, and respecting it as a lesson that only makes us broader, smarter, better human beings under a common sky. And while it IS grade school mentality that rationalizes that hate and negativity, expressed in an art form such as poetry, is no longer hate and becomes permissible, we don't know that that's what JS intended.
JS, care to elaborate?