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 Rachel Bussières, a 26-year-old Quebec
 City, Canada native, currently based out of the North Coast of California. She has been connected to mental illness since her childhood, when she had family members close to her struggling with different mental health issues. When she was 7, her uncle, who was deaf and suffers from depression, came to live with her after a car accident. Many years after, he is still struggling with mental health issues and the bright side of life rarely shines on him. Rachel, who has a fine arts diploma and an 
anthropology degree, dedicates herself to 
the study of territories, inhabited or otherwise. 
After receiving a grant in 2009, she traveled and worked in India 
where she developed her artistic approach
 from humanist photography and visual
 anthropology. She has also lived, photographed, and performed anthropological 
research in Amsterdam and Morroco. In 2011, she started to experiment with the fine art of paper making with natural fibers. The paper that she produces now serves as a support medium for her photographs as she continues to expose and publish her work around the world.

About these photos: “These photographs were taken at the Yuba River, in Nevada City. They illustrate the feminine character of the river and evoke intimate dreams.”


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6 responses to “River Dreams”

  1. nga101 Avatar

    very nice.


  2. stuff I said Avatar

    these are beautiful photos


  3. Betheratgirl Avatar

    Beautiful photography, the imagery is very evocative.


  4. thirdeyemom Avatar

    These photos are hauntingly beautiful. Wow.


  5. aynetal3 Avatar

    I feel a sense of liberalism in the photos … Very nice indeed! They seemed to be “feminely” generous! Thanks for posting them!

    Our best,



  6. jennybourne Avatar

    I really love the one of the woman floating in the water!! It reminds me of one of my favourite book/movie growing up.. Anne of Green Gables. This shot reminds me of Anne when she recites the “Lady Of Shallot” as she floats down the river!


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