The images have a gritty feel to them, transcending reality with their treatment. On the one hand, creating a realism that is confronting, on the other
creating an artistic, and comforting, distance to the reality as seen by most.
"Tantalizing & Troubling Visions" is the first exhibition of its kind shown by the CNMI Museum for History and Culture. In the context of the museum's current exhibits, which highlight the transition of life through the various periods of Mariana's history, this photographic exhibition brings the viewer full circle, providing a condensed view of where we are at right now.
About the technique:
The acronym of the exhibition is also a word play on the photographic technique used by the artist: through-the-viewfinder photography. Using a modern Nikon digital camera with a powerful macro lens, Dirk photographs the image produced by the viewfinder of a vintage camera, a French Olbia Eikon made in 1946. The bi-convex glass of the viewfinder allows for selective focus drop-off that cannot be emulated with standard cameras or by digital manipulation. Digital darkroom techniques are then used to post-process the captured images.
CNMI Museum for History and Culture
Garapan, Saipan CNMI
(7 October - 18 December 2009)