An Amazing Story
The Ball of Light Documentary
2 years ago I met Sam Collins. Sam came up to me at a Ball of Light exhibition I was having and told me he was a documentary film maker and was keen to make a short piece about my light painting. When we got talking Sam realised there was a bigger story to my work than just light painting.
In what seemed like an incredibly short period of time Sam came back to me with an outline of how the doco would look. Kyrie (my wife) and I couldn’t believe what we were looking at. This guy had created on paper something that just resonated with us so strongly.
In a flash we were doing an interview. I was talking about things that were so incredibly difficult for me. Drinking issues, depression, anger problems and a mountain of other really personal things. Yet Sam made me feel so relaxed. It was amazing. We shot some footage around the traps and then Sam weaved his magic and produced the Ball of Light Documentary.
What happened then was, and remains today, incredible. It simply went nuts. We were receiving emails and messages on a daily basis from people all over the world who had watched the doco and felt some connection to my story. We were hearing stories of others making similar choices to better their lives and those of the ones they loved. The pace of that contact has slowed somewhat, but still I receive multiple messages every week.
It blows my mind that 200,000 people have watched this short piece of video. I feel incredibly proud to have been part of its creation, and I feel humbled that the changes I have made (and continue to make) have inspired others to make change themselves, or gave them the strength to simply ask for help.
Depression, alcohol abuse, anger problems and financial stresses are killers. If you are in the place I was in 4 years ago there is a path out. It is a long and hard road, but if you ask for help you will find it.
I was lucky to have my incredible wife Kyrie, and Daughter Brittany along with Kyries stunning family here in Australia to be my rocks. Without them I would be dead today, I am so sure of that.
Sam and I are now very close friends and work together creating video magic. I realise now why he was able to tell my story so well, because he is a freakin genius. He is a one man production machine and I feel humbled to be at his side. Sam, your creation changed my life mate, and the lives of may others all over the planet. I am so grateful for that. From my heart.
Photography saved my life!