This is probably to this date the only succesful attempt to do some basic Lightpainting in North Korea as well as shooting pictures at night. Haven’t seen anything of that kind yet and I made these shootings in summer 2018. In 2020 I dug out a few additions I forgot and put them into the LP folder so that everything I shot there at night is put on display here now.
Actually I prepared the trip to the DPRK much in advance and was very happy to actually be allowed to do so. Unfortunately upon arrival, I was informed that my request to do some night shootings & a little bit of Lightpainting would finally not be granted. Probably my pics of the LED bars I brought and the lamps scared off the regime as this is something very complex to explain on paper with a few pictures.
But I didn’t give up and managed to take the little team of co-travellers out at night – which is totally forbidden and we had a few shots outside. Showing these to our guides made them a bit more mellow and on the last day I was finally allowed to get on Kim Il Sung square and spend half an hour there shooting a few pics and LPing a bit, just writing a few words on the ground and lighting up our friendly guide.
Pyongyang at night looks surreal as there is much more light now than ever before and the looks of the city are mesmerizing. Still very few cars to create some effects but I was allowed to get very close to the huge Ryugyong hotel that was newly outfitted with an LED array that displays pictures & characters. Quite impressive too.
Enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.