Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photos taken by Paz, who was initially diagnosed with bipolar II, but recently got a new diagnosis of major depressive disorder comorbid with borderline personality disorder. She was also born with a brittle bone condition, hence the wheelchair.

About these photos: This is a two-part piece taken in 2009. It was during a time when I was messing with a lot of drugs. I was on the way to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Music and Film Fesitval (SXSW), on a highway that is covered in blue bonnets and other flowers. Although the scene is tranquil and almost spiritual, I could not find any peace of mind. I was feeling very frantic and empty. I was genuinely trying to enjoy the scenery and the trip there but it was difficult. 

The first one is called “Empty”. It’s just my empty wheelchair. The second is “Paradox Road”. This one was actually shot by a man, Angel. I set up the shot for the previous one.


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9 comments on “Empty

  1. PAZ
    May 17, 2012

    Reblogged this on Melancholically Manic Mouse and commented:
    More SHAMELESS self promotion in which I make typing errors galore! See if you spot them. 😉

    Ugh… At least this beats yesterday’s spinal tap. It sucked.

    Ok. That’s enough for the week. I think I’ve been whoring myself on WordPress a tad too much these days.


  2. Emily Sheehan
    May 17, 2012

    I love these…especially Empty.


  3. Deborah Bowman
    May 17, 2012

    Very moving. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.


  4. Developing A New Image
    May 17, 2012

    I love the images and the story behind them…..shalom en theos……jim


  5. Angel O'Fire
    May 17, 2012



  6. Irfan Hussain
    May 18, 2012

    the first shot is too good


  7. thehappyhugger
    May 18, 2012

    These pictures speak of so much…


  8. Joy & Ruin
    May 18, 2012

    Hello. I enjoy your work very much. I dig the tone and edge. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award, after clicking the link copy the award picture and diredctions into a post, write seven things about yourself, select ten blogs that you would like to nominate and link them in the same post. I look forward to more things to read from you!


  9. eof737
    May 24, 2012

    Great shot! 🙂


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