Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Beautiful Darkness

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.

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8 comments on “Beautiful Darkness

  1. j3ssi33ss3x
    March 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on The Three G's.


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  3. eof737
    March 22, 2012

    This is quite gorgeous! 🙂


  4. abblamby
    March 22, 2012

    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
    March 29, 2012

    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.


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  7. MindMindful
    May 9, 2012

    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.


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