"Like a stage" – London-based amateur photographer Michal Huniewicz recently visited North Korea as a tourist. He snapped dozens of images during his trip -- some permitted, others not. Huniewicz took this photo from the window of a train as he pulled into Pyongyang from Dandong. "It looked like something you would see in a theater," he says. "It's a bit too perfect."
Candid moments – Huniewicz says this is just one of two photos in which he was able to capture a candid smile from local residents.
Pyongyang Metro – North Koreans head down to the Pyongyang Metro. It's 100 meters underground thus riding the escalator down to the station takes a couple of minutes.
Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum – "Who's American here?" the museum guide asks. "Grab the flowers, go to the monument, bow, and lay the flowers there." Huniewicz says North Koreans told him they single-handedly defeated the U.S. in the Korean War.
Wish you were here – A woman sells postcards, stamps and posters, many featuring themes focused on defeating the U.S. and destroying the White House. Huniewicz says he did send one such postcard from North Korea to the U.S. and it arrived with no problems.
Speeding past slums? – These settlements, captured from a speeding van, appear to be slums outside of Pyongyang, according to Huniewicz. He speculates that the tourist transport vans slow down when passing what the authorities are proud of showing and speed past less desirable sights.
A helping hand – This may look like an ordinary scene in any country, Huniewicz explains, but in North Korea, he feels it challenges a local song about no mother's love being greater than that of the Communist Party.
The commute – Riding the Pyongyang Metro. The underground network has two lines and 17 stations.
Center of the capital – This scene was captured during a dance held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Liberation from Japan at Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square.
Evening walk – Women in traditional Korean dress head to the dance. Though much of North Korea is without electricity, the portraits of the supreme leaders are illuminated brightly.
"No animals were involved" – The Pyongyang circus, Huniewicz says, is genuinely impressive.
A tourist's perspective – Huniewicz makes it clear that all his pictures show North Korea through his eyes.
Shots with consequences? – Huniewicz doesn't think his pictures capture anything highly controversial.
Everyday life – North Korea's apartments remind Huniewicz of the ones he saw in Eastern Europe, the photographer tells CNN.