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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 autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She has been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as The MAAP Newsletter (an online newsletter for those with ASD and those who love them, www.aspergersyndrome.org).

About this photo: “The photo I am submitting this time is of 2 “sibling” barns in rural De Kalb county in Illinois. I like to think of them as fraternal twins as they are side by side, going through life from the same angle. I think they have literally and figuratively weathered a lot of life’s storms together. This photo was taken in September of 2011 after a day of therapy. I get most of my nature shots after therapy sessions in De Kalb & Kane counties. I enjoy taking pictures of nature; this includes buildings/structures that have been reclaimed by nature. They evoke a strong sense of loneliness. The companionship here makes me a little sad as I have none of that on a peer base in my own life. I am still blessed to have found this shot and all images the Lord reveals to me, those of His creation and man’s. This is an intersection of both.


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4 responses to “Weathering Life’s Storms”

  1. luro97 Avatar

    So peaceful and serene to look at. Thank you for your photo.

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    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      Your welcome. I am grateful to BL for accepting my submission and allowing me to share.


      1. luro97 Avatar

        Keep them coming. I will be doing the same.

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  2. Marie Ballard-Anders Avatar

    The Lord gives all of us different gifts. One of your gifts is clearly your photography. I love your photo of the twin barns standing side by side. They both look as if they have weathered many of life’s storms, much like many people have. I too, know about storms and weathering. I am a woulda, shoulda, coulda kind of person; I often make myself sick trying to figure out where I went wrong or what would I do if I could redo certain parts of my life. Truly, I am blessed in many ways but I also have many regrets. Most of my regrets are, Not for what I have done but for All that I did not do. Life keeps us always guessing, doesn’t it? I look forward to seeing more of your lovely photos.

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