Photographer's Note

This is the main statue of President Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang. He died in 1994 since when he has been Eternal President, which must save a lot of cost and effort with elections.

There were hundreds more citizens behind the group shown, waiting for their turn to place flowers and bow to the Great Leader. This seemed to be a very serious and sincere process. It was a national holiday period, hence the large number of admirers on that day (only a western cynic would think the beautiful weather brought them out....)

This photo won a competition in the UK's Guardian newspaper in Jan 2007 (am I allowed to boast here?!) - the theme was "Excess".

No cropping or post editing, but maybe there is a bit too much pavement in the foreground?

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