“I’m from Auckland which is where I was born,” said Denis Smith. “I spent several years over there moving from one really high pressure sales job to another chasing the wrong things, chasing money. Trying to support a lifestyle that I didn’t really want or need, but had found myself having to be in and working, killing myself working trying to sustain that lifestyle…When you’re in the high pressure sales environment that I was in it just clobbered me like a sledge hammer.”
The rat race had overtaken Denis Smith’s life. He started off his day drinking alcohol, smoking cigars, chugging down some Red Bulls and then going off to work where he continued with the alcohol, cigars and Red Bulls. After work, he drowned himself in beer until he knocked himself out. Not only did his health suffer, but he almost destroyed his marriage. Denis was filled with fear and depression.
In 2009 Denis Smith’s life was changed when he purchased his first camera.
Photography helped Denis to relax and find clarity. He completely changed his life and shortly thereafter, the Ball of Light was born.
The Ball of Light floats in the scenery creating mystical portals of spherical colors that remind me of something from another galaxy. The colors that the Ball of Light emits on the background is energetic yet relaxing.
Denis Smith demonstrates how he creates the Ball of Light about nine and half minutes into the video. Nope, it isn’t Photoshopped!
I find his photographic Ball of Light art to be creative, energetic, peaceful, thought-provoking and absolutely beautiful.