I love the universe so much that I love to see art of it. Just as it is with everything else in life; if people love something, they paint it, sing about it, and ultimately express how much they love it. That’s what it’s all about for me as well as creating a community who can share and express their love for the universe. I first got inspired to go see the Milky Way through seeing composites and multiple exposures. No way would I have been as interested without seeing those. And now I have a love for the universe unlike anything else, and a love for people too. Starting my style of visual astrophotography was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. It shaped my character and set my free in so many ways. Being able to imagine and dream of a beautiful and imaginative world was and is a way for me to cope with the occasional mundaneness I experience in life. Creating my art gives me hope and it does for other people too. It gives hope by allowing the individual to imagine a bright and exciting future. And let’s be real... with our technology being so much more advanced than the human eye, almost none of modern astrophotography is a reflection of our natural perception. Even a raw image that someone sees usually still requires a cosmic jump of imagination. Our love for the universe and human imagination should be our motive to photograph the night sky and create a scene for people to drool over. Creating beauty from something you love should be encouraged and admired, not suppressed by the dogma, envy, greed, or close-mindedness of other individuals. My love for the universe will never fade and that’s what keeps me going. And precisely what I do, has encouraged millions to want to go the Milky Way for the first time when they previously had zero interest. So to the critics and just mean people, consider your motives against us before you put us down... because our work has influenced more people in a positive way than you can ever imagine. I’m so thankful for this community and friends for having my back during conflict. Love space, let go of your ego, and be free.