Denis Smith’s Ball of Light Photography Saved His Life

by Sherry Riter in Art  

denis smith ball of light blue haystack

“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.

denis smith ball of light yellow

denis smith ball of light pillars

denis smith ball of light blue

denis smith ball of light graveyard

denis smith ball of light pink pier

denis smith ball of light green orange

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 ball of light blue city

denis smith ball of light yellow river

denis smith ball of light orange building

denis smith ball of light purple pier

denis smith ball of light enclosed

denis smith ball of light mountain

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.



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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mom October 21, 2012 at 5:17 am

This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen and it is so beautiful!! Thank you for this


2 Sherry Riter October 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


3 Lisa October 21, 2012 at 6:19 am

Those are just beautiful shots. Love them! Great for pinning too. I love relaxing by taking pictures too. He is truly gifted though.


4 Sherry Riter October 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

I didn’t even think of pinning them! LOL Thanks for the idea!


5 Susanne October 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

His very own “orb”. How cool is that?

Peace out!


6 Sherry Riter October 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm



7 Bev October 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm



8 Sherry Riter October 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm



9 Joan October 23, 2012 at 2:39 am

Phenomenal! Leave it to you to find these incredibly creative people! 🙂


10 Sherry Riter October 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

😀 😀 😀


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