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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 Thirdeyemom, a survivor of severe postpartum depression. She used travel, writing, and photography, in addition to professional help, to fight her way out of the darkness. See more of her inspiring story here.

About this photo: I took this picture at a street vendor in Beijing, China.  I was wandering down a hidden, narrow street and found a very unusual marketplace.  There were not many tourists and it felt like a secretive place that I had somehow magically found.   Everything I saw was extremely unusual but the most surprising of all was the stall that sold live scorpions and sea horses on a stick.  As I approached the stall, my mouth dropped wide open in shock, surprise and then disgust.  But then I remembered to use my “third eye” and try to find the cultural reasons for eating such foods that I found abhorrent.  Apparently there are medicinal reasons for eating such delicacies yet I still couldn’t dare to try them.

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8 responses to “Street Vendor: China”

  1. ishooteditnblog Avatar

    That’s a very lovely shot =)


  2. Emily Avatar

    A new experience for me. Thank you.


  3. magikdolls Avatar

    Poor sea horses 😦


  4. laviebohemeart Avatar

    not sure if I can even photograph something like this. I know is a culture and all but i just can’t. I love sea horses so I can never imagine why would someone want to eat something so beautiful and even though I’m not a scorpion person, still the though just freaks me out!


  5. jmgoyder Avatar

    Disturbing picture!


  6. Heather Avatar

    I love all the photos here. I just nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. 🙂 http://joyfulwise.com/2012/06/19/i-got-vbad/


  7. The Perpetual Vagabond Avatar

    Wow, that it crazy, thanks for sharing 🙂


  8. Jack Lunar Avatar

    Not my cup of tea, absolutely jarring photo, but culture is culture and there is a beauty even in the customs of others even if they may frighten us at times.


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