the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

June 11, 2018

What’s that you said? You want to Mountain bike in North Korea?

Filed under: Uncategorized — danmilner @ 5:07 pm

While talks are on the cards, I doubt North Korea is likely to make Conde Nast’s vacation bucket list, but it’s on mine. Okay, not a holiday, but to shoot a mountain bike story there. A pioneering one. Nobody seems to have tried it before, so given my reputation, why not, right? And to help make it happen I’ve launched a crowdfunder here:

https://gogetfunding.com/opening-minds-in-north-korea/

 

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Hands up who likes to see people carrying bikes up big hills? Lesotho, Africa, 2017.

The idea is to look inside this intriguing country and come back with an amazing story to share with you all. Yeah nothing new there, so why crowdfunding? The problem is that North Korea has an “image problem” in the eyes of many of the usual western sponsors that would back these kind of ‘out there’ mountain bike trips. Or to be exact they are either a little risk averse when it comes to a potential marketing backlash spearheaded by customers with blinkered minds, or have their hands tied due to US economic sanctions. So, falling short of their usual financial support, I’ve turned to crowdfunding the story instead. It’s an original approach to funding adventure assignments, and maybe one that represents a populist answer to ailing press budgets.

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Cultural exchange, Afghanistan, 2013.

I’ve spent 3 decades riding mountain bikes and they have been my excuse to see some of the world’s varied cultures and extraordinary places, from Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor and the Lebanon Mountain Trail to Lesotho’s horse trails and Ethiopia’s Simien mountains. Again and again the bike has been a tool to break down barriers of culture, wealth and language, and to bridge the gap between different peoples. I think it will be no different in North Korea.

Please check out the campaign and help make this story happen. Thanks!.  #bikeNorthKorea #MTBnorthkorea

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The universal power of the bike. Chitwan, Nepal, 2015.

 

 

 

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