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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 S. I am a 27 year old woman who has struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager (and truthfully I have probably been depressed longer, albeit I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 16.) However, my depression has always come and gone, but this bout feels different. In the last two years I have gone through a major back surgery and consequently have been stagnant in my personal and professional life for two and a half years. My depression has deepened to the point that I feel like I am broken, like I am a fragmented version of the person I should be, although I can’t for the life of me define who that person is.

This photo is a self-portrait I took before surgery last March. It really spoke to the fractured and dark nature of myself, but there is also a small bit of hope in the clarity of my face.

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

17 responses to “Fragmented”

  1. allthingsboys Avatar

    Great shot! I hope you are nearing the end of your bout with depression!

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    1. S. Avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind sentiments! I was nervous about submitting and all these wonderful comments have brought a real smile to my face.
      Best,
      – S.

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  2. momentumofjoy Avatar

    You are not broken! You are SPECTACULAR!!!!! Only a true goddess could create such a magical, beautiful photo.

    I promise it will get better. I know it is like wearing a black 400 ound lead coat over your soul, but IT IS NOT YOU!!!! I truly truly truly understand. I have very much been there. And I am telling you right now that things are about to change.

    I am sending you tons of light and love and I know that you are going to start breaking through the clouds. Please keep me updated honey! Please. Jo

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    1. Broken Light: A Photography Collective Avatar

      Lovely comment. Thank you, Jo. We agree wholeheartedly.

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      1. S. Avatar

        Thanks BL. I wish there was a blushing smiley… Is there?? 🙂
        Best,
        – S.

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    2. S. Avatar

      Thank you so much, Jo. I have already checked out your blog and commented there. Your support is amazingly touching.
      Best,
      – S.

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      1. momentumofjoy Avatar

        So is yours. 🙂 Love to you! Jo

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  3. Jaen Wirefly Avatar
    Jaen Wirefly

    It’s a wonderful picture and I do understand the meaning behind the image. BPD sucks.

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    1. S. Avatar

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Jaen. It means a lot. You’re right it sucks, but it is really nice to know that others understand. Well… not nice because it is bad that anyone has to feel this way but it is comforting that you understand nonetheless. I truly hope that understanding is from 20/20 hindsight.
      I look forward to browsing your blog!
      Best,
      – S.

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  4. alicethroughthemacrolens Avatar

    Enigmatic picture – kaleidoscopic.
    Hope you come out of the darkness soon x

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    1. S. Avatar

      Thank you very much, Alice. I think I am going to try to think of it more as being within a mental kaleidoscope instead of being fractured. It sounds happier somehow and I am always looking for ways to positive-ify my thinking.
      I look forward to browsing your blog!
      Best,
      – S.

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      1. alicethroughthemacrolens Avatar

        Ooh …. you might not want to look at my latest post!

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  5. I’ve Been Published! Sorta. « The Secret World of S. Avatar

    […] am proud to say that my photo and bio was featured there today. Fractured is a photo from a series of boudoir-esque self portraits that I shot before my surgery last year. […]

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  6. backonmyown Avatar

    That’s an amazing photo, S. I wish I could make your depression go away.

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  7. laviebohemeart Avatar

    Amazing picture and hopefully things will get much better, but keep photographing cause any form of art definetly heals you..

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  8. magikdolls Avatar

    Is that you??? Beautiful.. I wish we could talk more about this depression thing, I really feel like I identify with this and we could possibly help eachother?

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