“Satisfaction by Lunar Eclipse”

I hardly ever feel satisfied and it seems I am not alone with said sensation. However, looking at the Moon fills my heart with satisfaction - in an attempt to balance my general discontent.

As clear as the starry night sky can I recall an experience from March 3rd, 2007, witnessing a lunar eclipse for the very first time. Prior to the sighting, I was much dissatisfied, because I knew I would have to stay up for it alone, unable to share my joy with anyone else.

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Pouting and hurrying, I took my camera fitted with a zoom lens so old that would have made it my twin sister and took the shot. Unfortunately, the photo has vanished. I have since been trying to replicate the sensation I felt at that very moment through my images.

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It is quite rare for the shadow of the Earth to reach the Moon and change its color for a brief moment. We call this 'Blood Moon'. No direct light gets into the Umbra region, yet it isn't completely dark as the lesser-dispersing red light penetrates the shadow-cone thrown by the Earth and creates a red halo on the surface of the Moon. Putting it simply, the Moon is lit by a misty red light during a lunar eclipse. When I first witnessed this enchanting phenomenon, all my discontent dissolved for the time being part of the experience.

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Light changing

As far as we can trace it back in our cultural history, the Moon has always been the second most important physical and spiritual source of light following our very own star, the Sun. The Moon has made us wondering about the limitlessness of sizes and distances in the universe and the possible outcomes of our fate with the changes of it.

I believe the Moon helps us remembering that there is an unlimited number of discoveries and beauty awaiting to be experienced.

For us. To be satisfied.

- Bogi Fabian

The "BloodMoon" painting was made to preserve and share this sensation of mine. It reflects natural colors in daylight, emits pale yellow glow during the night and is fluorescent in red as the eclipse under long-wave (365nm) UV light.

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Daylight colors

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UV colors

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Night colors


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