Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by AbbyI live in the Bay Area of California and am currently working through the birth of a beast, called Bipolar II. I am still learning about what it means to me to have a mental illness that has a name, but remains fairly hidden in my daily life. I am happiest when I am travelling, and my favorite self-care activity is taking my camera for a walk and focusing on what the frame shows me. I also keep a photo-blog that narrates the happenings around me that I find quirky, funny, or serendipitous.

About this photo: Feeling stuck, I dragged myself outside with my camera, and this tree waved it’s wiry, limber arms at me. I saw baffling, inexplicable heartache. And I saw hope, because on the other side of this barrenness was a resilience, an aliveness, a potential energy waiting for spring. This inverted heat map version of the tree depicts the cyclical chill of the veins, even when surrounded by warmth. When the arteries choke, so does the heart. Living with bipolar depression means losing sync with the rest of the world sometimes, and losing touch with what matters most: the pounding pulse of our own remarkable selves.   

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15 responses to “A Limber Heart”

  1. jfb57 Avatar

    Absolutely stunning!


  2. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    Beautiful photo.


  3. Jo Bryant Avatar

    stunning photo


  4. mypathforward Avatar

    I reposted this on my blog. I really enjoy your optimism in the face of bipolar. Thank you for the photo and post.


  5. abblamby Avatar

    Thank you for your words of encouragement, and for the repost!


  6. Ruth Bailey Avatar

    I’ve had to stare at your photo for a long time to convince myself that the photo wasn’t changing. To me there is an optical illusion that the background keeps moving toward the center and the edges keep getting darker.


  7. abblamby Avatar

    Ruth, I agree with you. I think of that movement as the pulse of what makes us human, biologically and emotionally.


  8. pix & kardz Avatar

    what a great composition! thanks for sharing.


  9. Gracie Avatar

    Wow! That is one amazing photograph.


  10. Cris Avatar

    Interesting interpretation.

    Please feel free to drop by and view my interpretation of Unusual:


  11. fgassette Avatar

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your work is amazing. Please visit again.



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