This year’s Winter Olympics in Korea has reminded me of my history with the country over the last two decades. Part of that history was a visit to the country in 2006, which included a trip to the DMZ. If you’ve never set foot in a war zone, the tension here is more intense than any you will ever experience. You are very aware you are stepping into the last front of the Cold War, and everyone stationed here is very alert. Pictured here is the Bridge of No Return. When the ceasefire that ended the Korean War went into effect, POW’s from both sides were brought here to choose their future, going to the North or South. For foreigners who just wanted to go home, the choice was easy, but for Koreans it was life changing, for once having crossed to one side there would be no return. Imagine having to make a similar choice yourself, probably without fully understanding the consequences. Tensions were so high we couldn’t even get out of the bus at the bridge, I had to shoot through the bus window. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon 24-120
Exposure Photo 1: 1/250 sec at f/8
Exposure Photo 2: 1/160 sec at f/6.3
Processed in Nikon Capture and Photoshop CS2