“The stars above us, govern our conditions” – William Shakespeare
It takes a brave dose of guts and grit to pick up your life and pack it into a 32-foot motorhome to chase down your dream, but that’s precisely what Brad Goldpaint and Marci Buckner have planned.
Their secret recipe for a storybook romance is equal parts fate, fortitude and a senior cat named Kharma. Seeking an escape from their mundane routines, the intrepid pair has mined the magnetism of the cosmos and will be teaching a series of awe-inspiring night sky photo workshops starting in February of 2014.
Brad’s and Marci’s stars first crossed at mile marker 50 on the fabled Pacific Crest Trail, two souls destined for entwinement. Brad’s mother’s unexpected death months earlier sent a shattered man into the wilderness for resolution and comfort, where he rediscovered her gentle spirit and found his true love in Marci.
Together, they’re embarking on an odyssey to educate the public about the damaging effects of light pollution and help reconnect people with the simple beauty of the night sky through art.
Lulled by the radiance of the heavens, Brad has photographed celestial sights seldom seen, including the Aurora Borealis, blazing meteor showers, a planetary convergence and dazzling nocturnal events known only to select practitioners of astrophotography.
By freeing themselves from the monotony of their day jobs, Brad and Marci hope to embrace the unpredictable nature of a nomadic lifestyle, conducting photography classes at iconic destinations in the United States, from the calm desert solitudes of Joshua Tree to northern alpine lakes in Glacier National Park.
Cradled under a canopy of constellations, students will be taking photos of the Milky Way, creating star trails, producing time-lapse videos and absorbing the fluctuating dynamics of the night sky. Their upcoming astrophotography workshops are designed to be instructional and inspirational for artists of all ages and abilities, capturing rare digital revelations from various base camps at some of America’s most striking western vistas and venues.
Join Brad and Marci for one of their future sessions and participate in their daring adventure while scripting your own. Instruction in all phases of composition, exposure and editing will enhance and propel your photographic skills into the stratosphere and beyond.
Follow them on a date with destiny under the stars and witness the wonder of the heavens in a galaxy of ways you will never forget.
Written by Jeff Spry