Illusion of Lights: A Time-Lapse of the Night Sky Above the Western United States

In 2013, photographer Brad Goldpaint and his wife Marci quit their day jobs, sold all of their possessions, and began living out of a motorhome while traveling through the Western United States. Their new career was teaching photography workshops while educating the public about the damaging effects of light pollution.

As the duo moved from place to place through some of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas, Goldpaint spent countless nights out in the dark, capturing long exposure photos over many hours with his camera gear. The images have since been put together into an independent stop-motion film titled “Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen.” Above is the film’s trailer.

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Goldpaint shot hundreds of thousands of photographs for the project with both Canon and Nikon gear in 7 national parks, 4 national forests, 5 state parks, and 3 wilderness areas. Many of the photos can be enjoyed as gorgeous fine art prints in their own right outside of the time-lapse project:

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

Goldpaint tells us he plans to release the full film sometime in 2017 if everything goes according to plan. You can follow along with the project on its official website.

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