Michael John Whelan
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Darkness had no need
In the black dark for good
Carapace
That we were to wait
Like force and matter
Only in
Lupus
20 Vertices, 30 Edges
and 160 Diagonals

In Embers (Dodecahedron)
Dune
Transit of Venus
Over the echoing gateway
Stars & Star
Shadowplay
Archway (diptych)
Stars (4)
2011
polaroid
8.5 x 10.8cm (22 x 24cm framed)
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'Stars' captures long exposure images of star trails in a manner normally associated with traditional astrophotography. With the polaroid medium there is no reproducible negative, so each image is unique, questioning the relationship with our spectacular and often photographed cosmos. 'Star' uses the smallest aperture and fastest shutter speed of a medium format camera. Pointed directly at the sun, a minuscule exposure time results in a blinding image of our sun. By using the Hasselblad square format, the Polaroid is only partly exposed and therefore its unexposed blackness becomes an important element of the work.