19/06/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
You know what I like about New Zealander Denis Smith? First off, he knew his life was going down the gurgler and he did something about it. Secondly, he gave up a successful career, moved to South Australia, took up photography as a hobby and became rather good at it. Thirdly, he realised that there were a million other people who were good at photography and that he needed to find his niche…his “purple cow” (thanks Seth Godin)…to stand out from the herd.
The result of his determination was the “Ball of Light“. Have a look at the photo above. This image is not a digital composite, it is a photo taken at night (or perhaps in this case at dusk?) with a long exposure and clever use of light. Have a look on Denis’ website [here] for more gallery shots of the Ball of Light, then check out a 15 min video [here] about Denis’ background and how he combined technology and imagination to create the Ball of Light phenomenon.
I like this quote from Denis: “They [children] (when I have prints out at shows) never look in confusion, they always look in wonder.” Denis helps us to capture some of that wonder of childhood with his photos. Really stunning work!