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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 Clare, a woman who has been diagnosed with major depression, bipolar, among other things. Photography is something she studied in school some years ago, and still enjoys very much.

About this photo: “Manhattan means many things to me, and my feelings for it can swing like my moods. It’s a place of culture where dreams are made, and a place where they are crushed, a place to play and a place to work, a place of growth and a place of decay. Looking out over the rooftops, in the depressed state that I often find myself in, I may not think of all of these things, but it is a feeling that I have, one of soaring and falling at once.

This was shot with a Holga 35mm camera, using tri-x film.”


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10 responses to “Urban Rooftops”

  1. island traveler Avatar

    A beautiful capture but at the same time it shows a certain sadness that the photographer felt during the time she saw this image. Amazing. I hope Clare is better now. Depression takes away the smile and light we used to feel.


  2. jakesprinter Avatar

    Great work for this week theme 🙂


  3. CreaturesWithInk Avatar

    This is AMAZING! I just bought a Holga 120N and can’t wait to start playing and figuring it out 🙂

    The thing that I love about photography the most is that we can capture a moment, make people feel an emotion, and I find going out in the field soothing. I’m sure that there are others that feel the same way. Clare has a talent for capturing this lovely photo. Two thumbs up to ya chickadee!!


  4. Mitch Elder Avatar

    This is really wonderful. It has a very classic feeling to it as a result of the vignetting and the slight fuzziness of the focus. It’s reminiscent of the work of the early pioneers of photography like Eugène Atget.


  5. ag Avatar

    A wonderful merging of artistic vision and photographic medium. The image really captures your feeling of “soaring and falling” simultaneously. As a viewer, I have a parallel experience: elevated by the strength of your creative expression, weighed down by the heaviness of this scene as you portray it.


  6. Galen Avatar

    Excellent photograph and a powerful narrative to go with it!


  7. eof737 Avatar

    It’s a great shot… TY!


  8. adinparadise Avatar

    Beautiful photo of a fascinating place.


  9. thehappymango Avatar

    Great picture! I too like to get up high and see things from a different angle. Makes myself and my problems seem smaller somehow.


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