dirk hr spennemann photography



Marianas Wide

Images of the CNMI and Guam


The exhibition Marianas Wide captures a fleeting moment of Marianas history--a two-week period in early August 2011. As the ancestral homeland of Chamorro and many Carolinians, today the Mariana Islands are home to Islanders from many parts of Micronesia, Caucasians, Filipino, Chinese, Koreans and Bangladeshi, as well as overseas tourists.
     The photographs represent people going about their daily lives; at their rancho, at the night-market, at church at work, taking time out to go fishing or just shooting the breeze. Shot on Guam, Saipan and Tinian, these images reveal the diversity and complexity of the Mariana Islands and provide a historic 'snap-shot' of life in the Islands in the early years of the twenty-first century.

As we move through our daily lives, the field of our standard three-dimensional vision covers an angle about 120º. Most cameras can frame only a small fraction of that, thereby disembodying the subject photographed and from its wider environmental setting. To contextualize people in their environment, at work or play, the artist used a vintage 1960s Panon Widelux. These Japanese 35mm film cameras were designed to reproduce a panoramic image covering 120 degrees; the same breadth of vision that the human eye sees.



CNMI Museum for History and Culture
Garapan, Saipan, CNMI

14 June- 18 August 2012
             extended to 31 Aug



Dirk HR Spennemann 2012