Times Square in North Korea?
The night time shot was inspired by photos of Pyongyang at night and these quotes from “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea”…
“The night sky in North Korea is a sight to behold. It might be the most brilliant in Northeast Asia, the only place spared the coal dust, Gobi Desert sand, and the carbon monoxide choking the rest of the continent…No artificial lighting competes with the intensity of the stars etched into its sky.”
“When adults go to bed, sometimes as early as 7:00 p.m. in winter, it is easy enough to slip out of the house. The darkness confers measures of privacy and freedom as hard to come by in North Korea in electricity. Wrapped in a magic cloak of invisibility, you can do what you like without worrying about the prying eyes of parents, neighbors, or secret police.”
The Times Square shot was inspired photos of Pyongyang and these quotes from “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea”…
“There is almost no signage, few motor vehicles. Private ownership of cars is largely illegal, not that anyone can afford them…The houses are simple, utilitarian, and monochromatic.”
“Couples are not supposed to make any public displays of affection – even holding hands in public is considered risqué.”
(according to Barbara Demick, the author of “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea”, who saw these images, the couple would be wearing something other than blue jeans and the woman wearing a skimpy dress in the distance would be forced to wear something else).