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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 Serena Pirredda from Genova, Italy. She has suffered for many years with depression, and symptoms of borderline personally disorder.

About this photo: Too often I felt out of place. There was always something wrong with me, with the way I looked and the way I behaved. I always felt like everybody was better than me. It’s still hard to explain, I was confused and I kept blaming myself for all the misfortunes of my life, I was feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. I used to lock myself in my room spending whole days in the dark crying and commiserating me. I was anorexic, out of energy, I didn’t feel like going out with friends and I barely talked to them. I was alone. Well, that’s what I thought. My family and my closest friends helped me everyday to make it through, they taught me to believe in my self and I just realized it. It’s been really hard to fight with my demons while I was feeling that it wasn’t even worth living. But if today I’m happy I owe it all to those whom I love the most and to myself. Yes, to myself, because I found the strenght to get out of it.

Note from Broken Light: We encourage people to please contact a doctor or mental health professional when you feel so low, or call a crisis helpline such as 1-800-273-TALK. Suicide is not the answer.

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19 responses to “Finding the Strength to Get Out”

  1. columbibueno Avatar

    This is such an expressive photograph. Amazing.


  2. Life in Stills Avatar

    It is just so tough when you are fighting depression. Hang in there. Your work will help so many others feel less alone. Use that camera to keep your beautiful eyes open and reaching outward, you have real talent. Look forward to seeing more of everyones work here on Broken light….


  3. seeingspotsphoto Avatar

    Incredible, emotional, touching.


  4. abblamby Avatar

    Thank you so much for your honesty and vulnerability with this photo.
    I relate to it and commend you for coming out of the shadows with such bare emotion. Please do your best to take care of your self, and remember those family and friends who have helped you. Bless.


  5. gsqared Avatar

    Reblogged this on Gsqared Photography and commented:
    Wow, such a strong and emotion getting photo.


  6. Some Girl Avatar

    Such an emotional and powerful photo – bravo!


  7. Mary MacGowan Avatar

    this blog is wonderful.
    serena, you are so brave. beautiful as a person and as an artist.


  8. Helen Cherry Avatar

    An excellent photograph and what hope for others in your words. OUt of the darkness and into the light… I have been there and know how good that is. Continued health to you..


  9. Katherine O. Cooper Avatar

    I am glad that you have found solace and reason to live. The marble floor and old heater makes me think of being in college – of a certain building where I spent most of my time. Prayers for continued resiliance…Kate


  10. Damn Que Mala Avatar

    I love these posts.


  11. Damn Que Mala Avatar

    Reblogged this on Into the Mouth of Madness and commented:
    Just a reminder of how cathartic photography can actually be…


  12. skymunki Avatar

    Reblogged this on skymunki and commented:
    so powerful…


  13. Irfan Hussain Avatar

    This one speaks for itself. Lovely.


  14. Abinav Thakuri Avatar

    This photo is self expressive.


  15. Rudolf Abraham Avatar

    Excellent image – very powerful.
    (Seems somehow inappropriate to click ‘like’ – but I do really like this photo…!)


  16. SwittersB Avatar

    All of it makes one shudder inside. Sooner or later someone we hold dear suffers from some part of this depressive collection of too much life, judgment and health issues.


  17. beachcomber Avatar

    You’ve so captured the inner torment of depression. The pain was so palpable it made me wince.


  18. Imogen Shepard Avatar

    I love your courage, determination and strength. Keep on, keeping on. ♥


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