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 Carly Mueller from Minnesota. I was depressed at a younge age and felt so alone and felt as if I didn’t have any friends. Through the years  I have overcome that issue, but the cause has still been part of me. I have known people who have issues from Schizophrenia to OCD. No matter how severe the issue everyone has their own battles to fight and that is a big part of the inspiration behind “an empty stare”.  The photo for me meant that even when we feel we are falling apart there is still some of us left. There is still that part that wants to hold on, that’s why some of the natural skin color is still showing through. Most importantly I didn’t want this photo to be focused on one thing. I wanted everyone to see themselves in it and to think about what is important to them.


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7 responses to “An Empty Stare”

  1. Vanity Rush Avatar
    Vanity Rush

    I agree with jmgoyder- very powerful. Great color, and it pulls a reaction from the viewer.


  2. A Pakistani Boy Avatar


    Reminds me of vampire diaries 😀


  3. Timi Avatar

    This photo is so dark and scary yet I cannot tear my eyes away from it.


  4. uncommonunderstandings Avatar

    I just wanted to say thank you to everyone taking the time to look at this. It feels great to be able to have a picture on such a great blog.


  5. eof737 Avatar

    Amazing and disturbing! 😉


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