With North Korea being the most isolated country in the world, it is uncommon to see or hear about the country aside from the occasional news article or testimony by North Korean defectors about the country. Being cut off from the rest of the world, we are more oft than not left guessing what life is really like back in North Korea. We see pictures of North Korean soldiers, but may find it hard to relate to them because of how inanimate or mechanical they seem. Most of the photos seem like propaganda with citizens dutifully paying their respects to the Kim regime, with well-rehearsed smiles and tears.
I drew this photo because I wanted to challenge us to see beyond these photos. While images are powerful, we must note that they can be manipulated. It is up to us to see and realize that what we see may not really reflect what these people are going through. They are more than what is being presented by the media, and it is up to us to realise the value and worth of these people by educating ourselves about the true realities that these North Koreans go through on a daily basis.