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 Abby, a 32-year-old woman from the Bay Area of California who was diagnosed several years ago with Bipolar II, and has fought through addiction. She is happiest when she is traveling, and her favorite self-care activity is taking her camera for a walk and focusing only on what the frame shows her.

About this photo: “To me, this image conveys endurance and acceptance of my own contradictions. I am a Janus-faced creature, sometimes bright green and wispy, sometimes darkly grounded in my skeletal roots. I continue to grow and sprout even as destructive impulses lurk in the shadows. Being mindful of my mortality brings my attention to what is alive, allowing for simple pleasures, even weeds, to convey hope and serenity.”   


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7 responses to “Bipolar Contradiction”

  1. Emily Avatar

    The weed has so much light!


  2. jmgoyder Avatar

    Beautiful photograph and description!


  3. scrapydo Avatar

    Reblogged this on scrapydo and commented:
    This is wonderful to see the world like this! Beautiful photo


  4. Silken Photography Avatar

    The tenacity of weeds is something to be admired. Lovely.


  5. Chris Breebaart Avatar

    Hello, I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. I do hope you accept the nomination; check my blog for the requirements and regulations that come along 😉 Chris


  6. kevintheriault1 Avatar

    Nice juxtaposition of imagery.


  7. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Good combination of words and image.


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