Light, the illuminator. The source of spectral rainbow colour. The revealer when all seems lost in the abyss.
As a metaphor, we use light to describe a journey out of darkness. Perhaps an illumination of an idea surfacing. The path leading to light being the positive one to take. We light up when good things happen. Our energy is bright and we share that light with others. Light glitters and entrances our imagination. With light, life has a luminosity that gives us strength and direction.
For a close friend of mine, discovering light in the darkest of times changed his life. In both metaphoric and physical terms, light entered Photographer Denis Smith’s life and became a beating, inescapable source of luminescence. At this years SALA Festival, Denis is sharing the light through an extensive exhibition of light painting photographs. Works for the Living Light Exhibition will come from his outback adventures, overseas journeys as well as featuring specially made pieces. I couldn’t feel more privileged to be opening this exhibition on Friday the 5th of August at Peter Lehmann Wineries. Interestingly, it was in the Barossa (where Peter Lehmann Wineries is) that Denis’s journey began all those years ago.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
Denis and I couldn’t help but collide in this life. We met at one his Light Painting workshops and since then, we just had to create together. As it always is when you meet aligned people, the results of a collaboration were magnificent. Denis painted me with light and I can truly say, I have never experienced such a magical thing in the studio.
These next images are just a taste of his work, get on down to Peter Lehmann Wines and become illuminated yourself.
The exhibition is on at Peter Lehmann Wines from August 1st to 31st.