MICHAL HUNIEWICZ: His story of photoing North Korea

Michal Huniewicz is a photographer from London.  That is about all I know about Mr. Huniewicz; except he is one hell of a photographer that gets around.   Huniewicz is obviously a very skilled professional.  The subject(s) and scenes he captures is as much about telling  a story as it is masterful quality.   I found a series of photographs of a trip Mr. Huniewicz took inside NORTH KOREA as a sidebar to an internet article I was reading.  Clicked on the link…..and wow, found these amazing pictures with a summary of each.   Not only did he describe most of what he had caught on camera…..but almost as impressive, he gives tips on how to smuggle in a camera; after all, he was in North Korea.

Viewing these photos raised many questions:  How did he pull off not only getting the camera in but getting it and the photos out?   I was so fascinated with the photos of North Korea and the questions it raised; I have and still am taping the internet to learn more about Huniewicz and his story of this secluded country.

Here is a bit on Mr. Huniewicz’s adventurous train ride inside North Korea.  I am paraphrasing (possibly closer to actually quoting)  Huniewicz from his summaries or captions to the photos (with some comments from yours truly) from this point until you see  *****************.

Outsiders must fill out a North Korean customs declaration form, which is a list of your belongings to enter this cold, dark nation.   Mr. Huniewicz was chosen by a group of fellow travelers to fill out this form which they were allowed as a group, rather than individually.  What an honor, with customs officers lurking.  The form mentions GPS.  Huniewicz’s camera didn’t have geotagging but had a GPS entry in the menu; which made a customs officer a bit suspicious.

Mr. Huniewicz has some suggestions (tips) for photographers going to North Korea.  1) Avoid looking like a professional. Make your camera look as amateurish as possible.  Place the least suspicious and least professional looking lens on the camera.  2) Change the menu language to something other than English to confuse and slow down customs officers.  Huniewicz’s travel group went through three hours of customs check which took place inside the train and eventually were allowed entry inside North Korea.

Huniewicz took photos from the train which is not allowed, but he did it anyway, even while North Korean’s (citizens) looked on but said nothing.  He avoided taking pictures when uniformed officers were around.  If the uniforms catch you taking pictures they will just have you delete the photo.  Tip: Override the filmware on your camera, so that the delete button won’t delete, but hides, so it appears gone, but it is still on the card. Even if your files are deleted you can still recover them as long as you don’t write over the card any more.

Huniewicz refers to one of his photos as being a “double illegal photo”.    It is a photo taken from the train (illegal)  and it is one which he captured North Korean soldiers riding on the back of a military truck; totally forbidden!

The travel group’s destination was Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.  It was a long train ride, with Huniewicz practicing his skill of photography along the way.   There is one photo at the train station in Pyongyang, with resident’s (and such) well dressed, nice looking individuals….looking quite professional; but the appearance seemed rehearsed or staged, probably to impress visitors.  *******************

It is quite easy to do an internet search to find Michal Huniewicz photography.   If you google his name with North Korea you will find some of the photos from this trip, as well as his website.   He is an amazing talent.

My research of the photographer’s trip inside North Korea has only taken me to the train station for now.   I will continue to learn more about what took place outside the train and his return.  I am most interested in viewing more and sharing.  I am fascinated with the who, what, when and how of Mr. Huniewicz and his adventure inside North Korea, land of the forbidden.  Pictures do tell the true story of a sad nation often seldom if ever seen.

 

 

 

 

NORTH KOREA PHOTOGRAPHED

http://detonate.com/an-illegal-look-inside-the-crazy-world-of-north-korea-2/?utm_source=9ac-2&utm_campaign=9ac-2_US_desktop_NorthKorea2-US-desktop-nb_12_5767_20161111_nb_3856&utm_term=27952&utm_medium=cpc

I ran across these photographs this morning.  They are very interesting.  You will not see any smiles from the people of North Korea; at least not caught on this photographer’s camera.   There may be an even bigger story here, that I will attempt to find.   How did the photographer smuggle his camera into North Korea?   He did mention he had to smuggle it in.  How is it, he was able to take so many revealing pictures when he was accompanied by a guide everywhere he goes, as an outside visitor?

The photographer is Michal Huniewicz.   Just from a quick google…..I see there is much to learn about Mr. Huniewicz.   It is amazing he is still alive or not imprisoned, clicking all those shots of North Korea.   I’ll be checking his website!

MISLEADING TITLE: Gowdy didn’t say it!

http://www.usanewsflash.com/gowdy-obama-no-longer-president/

This quote below from the link above.

AUTHOR’S NOTE/RESEARCH:

“I would like to apologize for the misleading title, I am sorry y’all. I couldn’t help myself. After all, it is not often that you see that Gowdy will have unlimited support and backup from President Donald Trump (unlike Obama).

Let me clarify the situation at once. Trey Gowdy didn’t say those exact same words to Obama. It is just my wishful thinking, that someone (especially Trey Gowdy) will finally come out and say those words to Obama.” 

I made comments to a reblog of a similar post, I had some doubts whether Gowdy actually made the remark “…….Obama no longer my President……..and that Hillary will be charged.”  To me it made no sense that Gowdy would take the chance of such remarks before Obama left office, igniting a possible pardon.   When I clicked publish (to reblog)……..I even thought to myself “I should have said…. if in fact he even said it.”   But I didn’t…..my mistake, I should have.  If you don’t know for sure, you should say …..”I don’t know for sure”.    I’ll try to DO BETTER.

GOWDY TO OBAMA: YOU ARE NO LONGER MY PRESIDENT, WE WILL CHARGE HILLARY CLINTON — Brittius

H/T Conservative Daily Post. I would like to see the entire Clinton Crime Family behind bars. I really want to see justice done for the four men murdered in Benghazi. Now that the presidential ele… Source: GOWDY TO OBAMA: YOU ARE NO LONGER MY PRESIDENT, WE WILL CHARGE HILLARY CLINTON

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My only criticism of Gowdy’s remarks……I would not have said anything until Obama is totally out of the office.  Don’t throw fuel on the fire for a pardon before he leaves.

KOMMONSENTSJANE – THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

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December 5, 2016

“There’s a new sheriff in town! ”

Here comes a dose of reality.

This was written by Kevin Dowd, Maureen Dowd’s (The New York Times) brother. This is good!
Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political feats in modern history by defeating Hillary Clinton and the vaunted Clinton machine.
The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or…

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Joe Biden teases idea of running for president in 2020 — Global News

You heard it here first, more than a month before Donald Trump even enters the White House: Joe Biden says he’s running for president in 2020 — maybe.

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Joe Biden is 74 yeas of age.   If he were to be elected in 2020, yes do the math, he’d be 78.   Trump will be the oldest president entering office at 70.   The age record for oldest belonged to Reagan until now.  NOT LIKELY JOE!!!  He says crazy things now, what’s he going to be like in 4 years?