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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 Jennifer Hopkins, who has suffered with depression and anxiety for around 11 years. She also cares for her husband who is bipolar. They live in Greater Manchester, UK.

About this photo: Sometimes it is hard and it feels like your world is turned upside-down. When I feel at my worst, I feel as though I’m spiralling downwards and can’t get myself back up. This photo really relates to me… the beautiful world is out there, but things aren’t as they should be and I struggle to see it.

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

24 responses to “Microcosm: An Upside-Down World (Earth Day)”

  1. Eda Avatar

    It’s a nice photo !!! 🙂


  2. annefreemanimages Avatar

    Lovely photo and compelling story. Thank you for sharing. Here’s my take on “Sun” taken in the Serengeti: http://wp.me/p1TywS-ps


  3. Jennifer Avatar

    Thank you for posting 🙂


  4. thepetalpusher Avatar

    fantastic image for Earth Day


  5. livvy30 Avatar



  6. cbrohan Avatar

    another amazing photo. 🙂 i’ve featured this blog as my first blog of the week since I am so blown away by the photography here. cbrohanmultimedia.wordpress.com/blog-of-the-week/


  7. 4rozebds Avatar

    Way Cool! Really!


  8. anotherthousandwords Avatar

    Jennifer: KEEP GOING! This is an excellent depiction…not only of your world…but ours!


  9. Jo Bryant Avatar

    What a great photo – and loved reading the story that accompanies it


  10. nigel Avatar

    Great photo concept and I like your blog concept as well… best of luck.


  11. island traveler Avatar

    Wow! World on the palm of your hand. I was blown away! Breath taking. Beautiful…Thanks for today’s inspiration.


  12. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    That’s amazing 🙂


  13. bradleywbull Avatar

    Now THAT is unique.


  14. Helen Cherry Avatar

    Great photograph..


  15. strawberryindigo Avatar

    Beautiful and thought provoking. The whole world is in your hands….and what a beautiful world it is.


  16. conservingquirky Avatar

    super cool…love the concept,love the photo!!cheers!


  17. pix & kardz Avatar

    beautiful capture. i like how that upside down world is being held securely and gently by a caring hand 🙂


  18. Kathryn Avatar

    That is so beautiful, It almost makes me feel a little tearful (in a good way)


  19. Fighting Insecurities « Broken Light: A Photography Collective Avatar

    […] Photo taken by Jennifer Hopkins, who suffers from depression and anxiety. She also cares for her husband who is bipolar. They live in Greater Manchester, UK. Past work here. […]


  20. beautyofphotos Avatar

    Very Nice Shot 🙂


  21. thehappymango Avatar

    Wow! This is beautiful. Good job! And good message : )


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