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 Stephanie Cook,  Muse & Sparrow Photography. Knoxville, TN

Depression and anxiety have been dark acquaintances of mine since I was a child.  I have always felt like the one on the outside looking in at the world, hiding myself away from the hurt and pain, not realizing I was building a wall between me and those who could help me.  I started photographing the Masquerade series a few months ago without any real reason behind it other than the fact that I love masks, or so I thought.  As I began shooting them I couldn’t help but feel the strong emotional connection with the concept of the images.  The mask represents shame, anger, depression, anxiety, panic, fear, etc. and for those of us who live with these we begin to see ourselves as the thing that haunts us.  We need to realize that we are not the hurt that has been done to us, we are strong and we can make it through, there is hope.  The mask does not define us.

**Seeking photo submissions for the Broken Light Collective. See guidelines here.

4 responses to “Masquerade; Beguiling”

  1. debra Avatar

    How very true, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing your photographic and written words with us. So encouraging.


  2. rainey Avatar

    “We need to realize that we are not the hurt that has been done to us, we are strong and we can make it through, there is hope. The mask does not define us.”

    These words made a strong impact on me. Thank you.


  3. laviebohemeart Avatar

    love this image!!


  4. Stephanie Cook Avatar

    Thank you so much Broken Light for sharing my photo.

    Debra- Thank you so much!

    Rainey- I am pleased to know my words did not fall flat, have a blessed day!

    Laviebohemeart- thank you, it’s one of my favorites.


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