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.

Photos taken by Jim Work, who has struggled with depression for many years. More about him here.

About this photo: I found this purple thistle growing in my driveway. I was struck by it’s beauty and so tried to reflect that image. So often I am presented the glory of nature. Sometimes I see the dark side, but I rarely show that. I am much like the guy at church that greets you with an “I’m fine” and you find out a week later that he has lost his job, his wife left him and he is finding love from a stranger via WWW. I find myself just as phony. I hide my darkness afraid it will scare the hell out of everyone else. Meanwhile, it scares the hell into me.

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6 responses to “Image I Present & Image I See”

  1. life in relation to art Avatar

    Amazing photos! There is something about thistles that always move me. Thanks for sharing these images.


    1. Developing A New Image Avatar

      Thanx, I love your “messy” post……….shalom en theos..jim


  2. Robin Jean Marie Avatar

    These are wonderful photos, and the poignant words are food for thought.


    1. Developing A New Image Avatar

      Thanx Robin, it is so nice to be sharing the pain with people who don’t shake their heads going,”I just don’t get it!”…….shalom en theos….jim


  3. jmgoyder Avatar

    This blog is absolutely the best thing.


  4. autisticaplanet Avatar

    You never have to hide yourself among the followers/contributors of this blog.You never have to hide from God, who knows your heart. I encourage you to pray to Him and seek wise council. Talk to the pastor of your church. If they are judgmental, find another church. Keep taking photos & keep sharing. There are people here who are non-judgmental & may be able to help you when you need it.


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