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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 photograph is called “Here There Be Dragons.” I took this photo with a 75 year-old camera and lens on 4X5 inch Velvia 50 slide film. It is of a root formation I found along the upper McKenzie River Trail. I love finding interesting things in nature to photograph. This root formation epitomizes this fascination. As a landscape photographer, you search your entire life for something like this and when you find it, it’s exhilarating. I photographed this four times before I got the shot I wanted, driving 70 miles each direction to get to it. It think it was worth it.” 


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14 responses to “Here There Be Dragons”

  1. Cynthia Avatar

    Beautiful image and fantastic title.


  2. atoasttodragons Avatar

    Very, very cool. I think it was worth it, too.


  3. LightHouseBlues Avatar

    Fantastic capture!


  4. Darla Welchel Avatar

    This image is totally awesome. It also reminds me of a gnome or a gargoyle. 🙂 I will have to reblog this photo!


  5. jackiebelle Avatar

    I love the texture and richness in your photo. You are an amazing artist.


  6. Helen Cherry Avatar

    It was definitely worth it…:)


  7. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Great image. Your perseverance definitely paid off.


  8. Darla Welchel Avatar

    Reblogged this on Through The Lens and commented:
    This was such an awesome image, I wanted to share it with everyone. If you don’t subscribe to Broken Light: A Photography Collective, you should. The images are stunning and the stories are compelling.


  9. helena davila Avatar
    helena davila

    absolutely beautiful photo with a perfectly fitting title, (fitting titles always seem to be difficult to come up with)


  10. TheDisfigured Avatar

    Excellent. I love being reminded that there are still esoteric secrets and places locked away on planet earth.


  11. The right mood Avatar

    What a great, unexpected shot! really really like it. Bravo!


  12. The Lioness Avatar

    I love the color, the mood and the detail. Great trip!


  13. luro97 Avatar

    Outstanding! Something really mystical going on there.


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