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North Korea: Take a 3D tour of one of the world's most isolated countries

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   In a country known for its collective thought, the individual is rarely brought into the spotlight.

Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič wanted to change that.

   "Every time you hear about North Korea, it is propaganda or anti-propaganda, workers in the fields or military marches. I wanted to show the complete opposite. I wanted to shoot real people, individuals with a name, a face," he says.

    For Tančič, the best way to do that was to shoot in 3D -- one of his specialties, and a very popular format in North Korea, where the project would be shown first.

  "3D makes the individual even more enhanced. You can see each detail of the clothing, and become a voyeur, observing the space around the person."

   As well as negotiating the cultural challenges, Tančič was also trying to shoot complicated 3D stereoscopic images.

  "You have to trick your brain into thinking it is looking at two angles, by using two cameras connected with a tripod," Tančič says.

"You can also shoot with one camera, then move and shoot again at the correct distance. I often had to use this technique in North Korea, because I didn't have time to set up. I just told people to breathe in and try to stay still," he says.

  To the naked eye, the subjects in the photos stand out against what appears to be a slightly blurred background.

   "The government is sending a message that the country is opening up," Tančic says. "A lot of people in North Korea are still suffering, but having a cultural interaction with foreigners will help the country progress."

   NK is not a special country,it also a rural country.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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