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.

Photos taken by Katie Mc Dougall, a student photographer in Ireland. Katie has suffered from Social Anxiety since she was 15-years-old. 3 years ago she was diagnosed officially, and she has been on medication ever since. Katie is using photography as a means to raise awareness and help understand Social Anxiety herself. It has driven her to create a blog dedicated to sharing her thoughts and experiences with Social Anxiety, with the hopes that it will help those who also suffer because of this mental illness.

About these photos: “This series of images describes my feelings of how others see me, white jacket, padded walls. Panic sets in and the jacket gets tighter not allowing me to breath when all I want is to be liberated. The jacket represent the control my SA has over me and the fact that I just want to escape from it..”  


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9 responses to “Breaking Free”

  1. Chillbrook Avatar

    Very powerful images!


  2. caliroe Avatar

    the expression on your (beautiful, BTW) face in the first photo says it all, well done.


  3. jmgoyder Avatar

    Brilliant and powerful and heartwrenching all at the same time.


    1. gita4elamats Avatar

      Peace & love!


  4. Karl Chapman Avatar

    very strong images. The scratches on the wall really give the images an additional question.


    1. kdoughy Avatar

      I didn’t even realise that until you said it. Good spot


  5. kdoughy Avatar

    Thanks guys! 🙂 It really mean a lot getting your feedback on my photos 🙂


  6. megahloo Avatar

    I wish I never felt like this anymore.


  7. Mark Simms Avatar

    Powerful and disturbing. Good luck and best wishes!


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