Last month my wife and I took a short trip to Korea. I really wanted to visit the DMZ where you can go to the Joint Security Area and peek in on North Korea. I was a child in the 80's, so the idea of a genuine cold war era country that is still closed to the outside world is fascinating to me. You have to take a tour and are very controlled the entire time. It also goes fast. As a photographer you kind of have to take what you're given so I won't claim these are fabulous photos or anything, but interesting. All photos are taken with the E-M5 and either the Oly 40-150 or the original Panasonic 14-45. This is the Joint Security Area (JSA). Everything past the middle of the blue UN buildings is North Korea. A rare North Korean tour group watches us back. Our guide (A US soldier) said they hadn't seen a Northern group for at least six months. A lone NK Guard who has been at that post every morning for at least five years. They call him "Bob." Elite South Korea soldiers guard the Southern edge of the UN buildings. In a moment, we will be allowed to go inside one, the JSA Conference Building. We're now inside the JSA Conference Building where negotiations between the two nations occur. This guard and myself are straddling the SK/NK border, which runs down the middle of the conference table. That's right, inside the building, you can walk across the border and be technically in North Korea. And of course, it being 2015...here's our selfie from North Korea! The soldier behind us is guarding the door to NK. Sadly, you don't get your passport stamped. Just around the corner from the conference buildings, is an overlook and guard tower where you can see into North Korea. This is the famous "propaganda village" where no one actually lives. "The Bridge of No Return" where POWS could choose which country to stay in at the end of the war. The border runs through the middle of the river (and bridge). Finally, here's a view into North Korea from Udosan observatory, which is not in the DMZ but we visited at the end of the day to get more views. You can just see some people working in the fields and some oxcarts. That's a NK guard tower in the foreground, probably more to keep people in, than out.