I used to live in a town called Hyeolli and work in a town called Yanggu, which was about an hour north. Yanggu is close to the border with North Korea and there are lots of military bases and outposts there. If North and South make peace the town of Yanggu might well disappear because there won’t be any soldiers to buy anything.
This was a fairly common sight on my way to work. A convoy of tanks that was difficult to get around when the road wasn’t four lanes. I was in a bus on this particular day, but sometimes I would get stuck behind them in my own vehicle on the narrow road to Yanggu. This photo is, I think, technically illegal because you’re not allowed to make photos of anything concerning the military. That’s probably an impossible rule to enforce now that everyone has a camera in their phone. This photo was made in about 2003, and that wasn’t the case then.
I don’t remember what camera I had. It was either a Nikon F55 or an FM3a, which I purchased around that time. I remember the film was Kodak’s C41 process black and white film. I remember that because the original photo had a brown tint, and that film often went a bit brown, purple, or green. Or was the lab just not very good . . . . ?

5 thoughts on “Traffic Jam

  1. I must have been braver (or just stupid) when I was younger. Still, if they don't want people to see the tanks, keep them off the road! :)I don't remember if the bus was full or not. Probably not, as it was a rural route.


  2. Wow… that’s something else!
    The film you are referring to would probably be the Kodak CN400 which had a quite brown tinted base and was a C-41 process film for sure. I have only shot one of them some time back in the early 90’s or around that time. I didn’t like it much, but that was probably because of the strange looking negs. I might find it some day and pull a few negs out and throw them into the enlarger and see what might be there?! I remember shooting it at my old work place back in the time when I were employed in the ship building business.


      1. That’s my experience as well, Marcus. The Ilford film is called XP2 by the way, and at least that one looks better as negatives. When printed in the darkroom I got no idea which one is better or worse to be honest. I never use any of them, and of course the Kodak film is out of the question since many years back.


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