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 Anastasia, a 25-year-old Greek architect who has lived in Athens, Greece for the past 7 years. Photography has become her way to preserve moments and enhance memory. Through her projects she strives to awaken feelings that nourish and expand imagination. Mental health issues, such as severe depression, has affected many people who she cares for deeply, including both family and friends, and it has influenced her a lot in the way she deals with situations in everyday life. She has been struck by how the mind can be so powerful and fragile at the same time, keeping it together and managing to survive through pain and doubt. She thinks that everyone’s story can be interpreted through imagery, and values highly visual stimuli that evoke nostalgia, or “emotional deja-vu” as she feels it. She believes through this process someone can discover himself anew, readjust the past and move forward, explore and conquer or let go.

About this photo: “This photograph is from a series I call “Inhabit” that explores the theme of traveling back through emotions. It is a story unfolding in three parts: First part, Intrusion. The exploration begins. A spirit comes across a house, a trip down memory lane. Second part, Contemplation, which includes this photo. The little spirit can’t decide if it should stay here or leave this empty shell… where to go? Enter part three, Escape. Things may end, things will go away. Faint footprints spirits leave, and to be captured can mean freedom when fragility forms strength.”


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12 responses to “Intrusion, Contemplation, Escape”

  1. myspokenheart Avatar

    I love this photograph…


  2. perfectlight Avatar

    excellent photo!


  3. mostlymonochrome Avatar

    Great photograph.


  4. jmgoyder Avatar

    This is wonderful and so is the explanation!


  5. Val Bridge Digital Photography Biz Avatar
    Val Bridge Digital Photography Biz

    expressive and thought provocing….*like* immensely


  6. foodnotherstuff Avatar

    Beautiful photo and blog! I will be following it!


  7. Regina (Gina) Arnold Avatar

    Superb image … doesn’t even need words; just admiration.


  8. mountaincoward Avatar

    That is a truly beautiful photo 🙂


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