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)
Transit of Venus
2012
2 x framed polaroids
22 x 24cm ea.
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In 2012 the second part of a rare astronomical event called Transit of Venus occurred, the first part having taken place in 2004. The next occurrences of this event will be in 2117 and 2125. During this event two sequential polaroid exposures were made using a standard focal length lens, which is equivalent to the natural viewing perspective of the human eye. The technical limitations of the equipment resulted in landscape, rather than astronomical photographs; the chemical reaction of the polaroid film to the direct sunlight leaves a black dot in the sky where the sun would be. The actual transit of Venus is therefore not visible at all and remains merely an idea.