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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 Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids.

About this photo: “This image is an award winning photograph I took in my studio using some callas I cut from my garden.  I used a 75 year-old, 4×5 inch film camera and lens and a single light.  The exposure took 16 seconds.”


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13 responses to “Callas”

  1. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    Pure beauty.


  2. Chris Breebaart Avatar
    Chris Breebaart

    Amazing! Beautiful


  3. Robert Revill Avatar

    A beautiful use of low-key lighting. I can see why it was a prize winner. What was the award?


  4. rommel Avatar

    The best! I can see why it’s a winning photo! Amazing that it’s from an old camera. That proves how our camera of today are no match with the authenticity of the old ones.


  5. Mitch Elder Avatar

    Robert, I took this a few years back when I was in college (I went back to school in my 40s) and it was nominated for the Best of College Photography award by The Photographer’s Forum which is an industry supported magazine that concentrates on higher education work. Since then, it has acquired a couple of different awards in local art shows (Eugene, Oregon, is a pretty big art town). I prefer working with 4×5 film because it’s a much more contemplative process. The cameras demand your complete attention to every detail. It’s my meditation.


  6. scrapydo Avatar

    This is really beautiful.


  7. Mark Simms Avatar

    Beautiful shot……calm and serene.


  8. Galen Avatar

    This is an awesome photograph. I haven’t used a 4×5 camera in probably 30 years… and I miss it. I miss film period!!! Thank you for bringing to us the unchallenged quality of large format photography!


  9. Mitch Elder Avatar

    Galen, you should get back into it, man. Get yourself an old Crown Graphic. They’re cheap and they’re easy to use.


  10. The Lioness Avatar

    You know you have taken a great picture when you see something like this.
    I love it.


  11. Ian Francis Avatar

    Cracking image! The power of photography 😉


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