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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 Sarah Monagle, a 44-year-old educator, mother, writer, photographer, and brain tumor survivor. She also struggles with ongoing depression.

About this photo: “I call this photograph “Loneliness.” It was taken in Skagway, Alaska from a train. Though it is a color photograph, the tones are almost all gray. The trees in the foreground make me think of people looking out on the foggy grayness all around. I remember sitting in the train car at the time, looking out the window and just feeling a sense of heaviness as I looked out the window. It was all so gray. I have been fighting an ongoing battle with major depressive disorder. When I am not feeling well, this is always the photo that draws me back. If I don’t have words to say how I am feeling, this photo says it. As a matter of fact, my closest friends know that when I am feeling my worst, this photo becomes my profile photo on Facebook because this photo says more to me than any words can.”


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2 responses to “Loneliness”

  1. Darla Welchel Avatar

    Sarah, I am so sorry that you have to go through this. I too suffer, and some days are much, much worse than others. Coupled with chronic degenerative pain, some days I don’t know if I’ll ever get back. I too have a photo that brings me back. It is on film and is taped to the inside of my Bible; I wish I could find the negative so I could reprint it and post it here.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your photo speaks VOLUMES to me! Thank you for sharing.


  2. theselens Avatar

    It is a powerful and beautiful photo Sarah, I can see what you are saying.


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