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 AliceI’m a woman in my late forties, who has worked constantly since I was 18. I have a young son and a dog, and we live near a castle in England. I have a recent diagnosis of “cyclothymia” – supposedly a “mild” form of Bipolar Disorder – but this is only the latest (and hopefully the last) in a stream of diagnoses of mental health difficulties since I was in my late teens/early 20s. I have recently begun writing a blog called Alice through the Macro Lens and I am finding the experience of writing and photography to be quite therapeutic. 

My brain has been a very busy place for a very long time, and I am now officially exhausted. As a result, I have been off work for a few weeks, in the hope that things will start to mend again and I’ll be back to my somewhat eccentric, but usually productive and quite useful self. Meanwhile, when things feel chaotic, I seek out peace in silence and nature, and sometimes I’m lucky enough to have my camera with me.

My son is my continued light in my life, and even on the very dark days, his light never allows mine to go out. I think this picture best represents the idea that his light makes even the darkness beautiful.

Seeking submissions for the Broken Light Collective. Please send photos today.


8 responses to “Beautiful Darkness”

  1. j3ssi33ss3x Avatar

    Reblogged this on The Three G's.


  2. I’ve been honoured … « Alice through the Macro Lens Avatar

    […] The second feature I was informed of today can be found on the Broken Light Collective site. This is a relatively new venture, out of New York City, showcasing work by people affected by mental illness.   I am, once again, honoured by their use of my picture  “Beautiful Darkness” https://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/beautiful-darkness-2/ […]


  3. eof737 Avatar

    This is quite gorgeous! 🙂


  4. abblamby Avatar

    I understand how you feel and admire your strength to go outside when it is most difficult to do so. And I love this photo. Just beautiful.


  5. CreaturesWithInk Avatar

    I love the photograph, simply amazing! I could just hug you for thinking positive. I always tell my friends, when something is off or goes wrong, to think positive and that the glass is always half full. It is inspiring that others can think more on the positive side as well because once you get into that negative rut, it can be really hard to dig yourself out of it.

    I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photographs.


  6. Coming out of the Dark « Broken Light: A Photography Collective Avatar

    […] Photo taken by Alice  from England, who suffers from cyclothymia. More about her here. […]


  7. MindMindful Avatar

    I can completely relate to the idea: “My son is my continued light in my life, and even on the very dark days, his light never allows mine to go out.” My very same experience re my daughter & my (former) depression.


  8. 52 Pick up challenge: In Silhouette « Alice through the Macro Lens Avatar

    […] posted this photo previously in March on the Broken Light Collective site as a post called “Beautiful Darkness”. I decided to post it again on my own site […]


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