Artist shows what it would be like to live in a city with tightly controlled resources, where freedom is much harder to come by.

Post-apocalyptic scenes have been used in movies and books as a way to captivate audiences for a long time – but now everyday places are being transformed thanks to photo editing software.

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea is what inspired artist Nickolay Lamm to Photoshop New York City to look like the North Korean city of Pyongyang. He is a master at this style of work, having demonstrated what US landmarks would like if sea levels rose.

The city looks drastically different before and after – with lighting being a lot dimmer, cars taking on a more rustic feel and the number of people falling off significantly. Nickolay’s photos give you a real sense of what it would be like to live in a country where resources are limited and everything is controlled.

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