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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 (1)
2012
polaroid
8.5 x 10.8cm (22 x 24cm framed)
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In 2012 the second part of a rare astronomical event called the transit of Venus occurred, the first part having taken place in 2004. The next occurrences of this event will be in 2117 and 2125. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena and involve the planet Venus travelling directly between the Earth and the Sun, resulting in a black speck moving across the surface of the sun. During this event two sequential polaroid exposures were made, using a standard focal length lens 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 disc in the sky where the sun would be. The actual transit of Venus is therefore not visible at all and remains merely an idea.