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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 a woman with severe clinical depression, as well as anxiety and panic attacks. She loves taking photos as an outlet, and since she has not been able to leave the house much recently, she has turned to self-portraiture.

About this photo: “I feel like I am constantly wearing one mask or another. A mask that I hide behind. A mask that separates me from everyone else. A barrier keeping me from the world, and the world from me. I know if I am going to get better and be able to move on with my life, I will need to let go of the mask, but I have been wearing it for so long, I don’t even know how.”


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9 responses to “Solitary”

  1. El Santo Avatar

    I love this photo. The mask looks great, and the emotion is so touching.


  2. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    The photo is very creative and honest.


  3. Helen Cherry Avatar

    I recognise this so very well. I hope you find the strength to shed the mask.. It can be done I know because I let go of mine enough to get back out into the world.. it’s still there when I need it.


  4. LightHouseBlues Avatar

    This is exquisite and very touching!
    Be proud of yourself and your photography, this is stunning!


  5. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    I, too, love this image. There is such sadness here but the pink hair looks like hope to me.


  6. The Unending Light Avatar

    I both emphathise and sympathise with your plight, you’re far from alone.


  7. Emily Avatar

    Great theater…..if only it was just a play and you could step out of the costume and go home.


  8. eof737 Avatar

    I love the originality of the shot.


  9. michaelj51 Avatar

    Reblogged this on snave51.


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