Photographer Laura Domela, who often works in fashion photography, found a new project when she visited her brother Jason in a small gold-mining town in Alaska. Domela was delighted to encounter his large extended group of fun friends living there in Girdwood: roughnecks, eccentrics, pioneers, rugged individualists and a few misfits.
What few people know, however, is that there’s another Korea, west of the famous two. This third Korea is where the worlds of North and South meet head-on in a weird capitalist/communist clusterf*ck overseen by the Chinese. Ever wanted to visit Kim Jong-il’s birthplace while drinking Starbucks, listening to K-Pop, and not getting shot? West Korea’s your place.