Denis Smith bought his first camera in 2009, and during the same year, a huge life change saw him leave his hometown of Auckland to make a new start in Adelaide, South Australia.
The move away from Auckland and a high flying corporate life allowed Denis the time and space to deal with the depression, alcohol abuse and lifestyle that almost killed him. Photography quickly became the creative outlet that allowed him to replenish both mind and soul.
Denis is now known as one of the world's most prolific light painters and continues to inspire photographers of all ages and experiences to explore and push the boundaries of their own creativity. Through his light painting workshops, Denis mentors beginner to advanced photographers and leads them into the night to create ethereal and mind-blowing images.
Denis believes photography should be inclusive and that we live in an incredible age where everyone, young and old, can create stunning images that spark joy and enthusiasm deep within.
With an uncompromised openness about his own mental health issues, Denis brings art, nature and people together whilst influencing mental health acceptance and equanimity.
“There is no greater thrill to me than seeing the joy in someone when they “get” something I have taught them. It is my therapy, and often theirs.”