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 a woman in her thirties who has major depression, anxiety, and is on the bipolar spectrum. She has been through countless treatments, including tons of medications, an army of doctors, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and most recently ECT.

About this photo: “Several months ago, I was hospitalized because depression left me unable to fully function in my life. I had dealt with depression at that level on and off throughout my life, but now that I have a family and responsibilities, I can’t stay in bed all day, not shower, etc. I had to listen to my doctors and be even more aggressive, which meant being hospitalized and having ECT, shock therapy treatments. This is a photo I snuck while in the hospital. It’s definitely not the best photo I have ever taken, but it means a lot to me. It is of a rainbow that appeared outside my hospital window. I like to look back at it because it was a bright, hopeful moment (however fleeting), in a dark and difficult situation. 

I’m not fully better, but I do occasionally have moments of clarity through the darkness, a hint of brightness like that rainbow, and hopefully for myself and everyone else experiencing darkness, those moments will become more and more frequent.”


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11 responses to “Rainbow Through the Darkest Times”

  1. Siobhan Avatar

    This is a beautiful photo and an inspiring story


  2. reverine Avatar

    Very inspiring. I wish you more rainbows to cheer you up during stormy days.


  3. Emily Avatar

    I love the light and the rainbow.


  4. caliroe Avatar

    Beautiful! You go girl! I’ve been in your ‘socks.’ Your last paragraph is a familiar one… keep shooting those rainbow for us all!


  5. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    The rainbow is hope 🙂


  6. buntscheck Avatar

    Because I like the work from “Broken Light” I have you nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. More information about, you can find here: http://buntscheck.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/very-inspiring-blogger-award-nomination/
    Have a good time! Susanne


  7. naturephotorehab Avatar

    Your courage and determination are monumental.
    Thank you for giving us this photo and the story behind it.


  8. hellboy2503 Avatar

    Great photos – like it


  9. cityhoppingg Avatar

    The photo along with the reasoning behind it…Beautiful


  10. thehappymango Avatar

    Great picture, it’s so “raw” that I feel like I’m standing there. What city is this?


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