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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 is a recent image I made using my 4×5 camera.  I found this spot along the McKenzie River Trail on a fishing outing one day and went back one early morning at dawn to photograph it.  I call this “Where the Fairies Live.”  I love this photo because it captures the primeval character of the spot.  This place just feels like a location out of deep time.  I’m quite sure this spot hasn’t changed much at all in the past several thousand years.  It makes me feel young and connected to the earth.  I planned this photo (like I plan most all of my images) with this feeling in mind.  When I left the house that morning at about 4 AM I knew exactly where I was going and how I was going to set up my camera.  It’s just such a thrill to get the images back and see that all that planning and work paid off – perfectly exposed.”


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6 responses to “Where the Fairies Live”

  1. Emily Avatar

    Magical. I love it.


  2. sarahjunebug Avatar

    This is b.e.a.utiful. 🙂 Makes me feel like a kid again – playing in our back woods. Those creeks and trees DID feel alive and full of magic. Thanks for sharing… I’d put a poster of this in my room!


  3. Mitch Elder Avatar

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! This is available at http://www.zazzle.com/mitchellelder (I hope this is okay to do a little self-promotion).


  4. jheem Avatar

    Very well-composed. Thank you for sharing!


  5. tchistorygal Avatar

    There’s no where like it. So beautiful. I used to live in Cottage Grove.


  6. There for a reason's Rachel Avatar

    How beautiful! I love it when your photography works out. It’s something I’ve found very therapeutic and definitely helped me through tough times. Thanks for visiting my blog today 🙂


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