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Ball of Light - Remembering Why

I am preparing for an exhibition that is coming up next week. The exhibition is part of a conference here in Adelaide that is being attended by over 600 doctors. The theme of the conference is pain and stress management. They have asked a selection of artists that relate to this theme to exhibit which is amazing, and certainly humbling.

 

It has made me think a lot about my photography and how, and why it all came about.

 

I know many of you are aware of my "story", but those who don't, maybe check out the Ball of Light documentary vimeo.com/21338911 ,

 

The image above stirs up a huge amount of emotion for me. It was at a time when I was coming to grips with who I really was, and learning how massive the hole was I was crawling out of. I made this visit to the Flinders Ranges in October of 2009. I was only just getting into my photography, and didnt even own a remote, so this is a 30 second exposure.

 

This place was in the middle of nowhere. And it was incredible to be in such a vast place. I remember feeling so incredibly free, so incredibly fresh and clear in the head. I visit this place most times I am in the Flinders, it reminds of where I have come from, and more importantly it reminds me how important it is for me to stay healthy in my mind.

 

Photography has become such a big part of my life. I would have absolutely pissed myself laughing if you had suggested 2 years later I would be travelling the world and exhibiting at a mental health conference because of my photography. But I feel incredibly proud to be doing so.

 

I encourage everyone to try and maintain a healthy balance of pressure and relaxation in life. I failed for nearly 40 years of my life to do that, and it almost killed me. I will never go back to that. Not for anything, or anyone. But it is a battle I deal with every other day.

 

Oh, and those newbies checking out his image, remember that we all started somewhere. Creating good images comes with practice and perseverance. I am still learning every time I open the shutter, and spin an Orb.

 

The Ball of Light is my good friend, and keeps me sane!

 

Peace to you all.

 

Stay safe in body and mind, please.

 

Den

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Taken in October 2009