At the zenith, the atmosphere is (optically) very thin and more transparent. That’s why the sky at the centre of this picture is very dark. It is the place where the complete darkness of the universe subtly ‘shines’ through the thin layer of the blue atmosphere. The physical principle which causes this effect is called ‘dispersion’.

The picture was taken with a circular fish eye lens, in the North African desert. It is projected on a circular perspex sphere. The sphere is painted with a blue gradient.

Video projection, plastic, wood. 150 x 24 cm
Concept & Realisation: Ief Spincemaille
Painting: Sarah De Vos
Private collection