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 Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “I love my Lake Harriet. I have found that the best way to beat the blues is to be outside surrounded by beauty, year-round. Even during the coldest days of winter, I bundle up and run around my beloved Lake Harriet which is only a mere five blocks away from my home. In summertime, the lake is abound with activity. There are runners, walkers, bikers and boaters. I always love the sailboats. Each one is unique and has a name. I took this photo in September as the days grew shorter and cast golden hues of sunlight on the lake. I love the reflections of the masts against the still lake. Breathtaking.“


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12 responses to “Reflection”

  1. luro97 Avatar

    The kind of photo you meditate to. Thanks for the peace on a stressful day. Your work is amazing!


    1. thirdeyemom Avatar

      Thank you very much! 🙂


  2. anngrafics Avatar

    So beautiful and such a sense of calm. Love it!


    1. thirdeyemom Avatar

      Thank you! 🙂


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  4. Helen Cherry Avatar

    This is such a beautiful photograph.. perfect composition..


  5. Paul Avatar

    Nature has always been a restorative for me. When we lived near the beach I used to bundle up and walk along the shore in winter. Now that we live in the desert, I go to the mountains. Thank you for your photo and words. I was usually (jokingly, I believe) labeled as crazy for strolling along the beach in December. It’s reassuring to know that I was not the crazy one but the people who locked themselves up in their homes in front of their tv’s were the crazy ones!


    1. thirdeyemom Avatar

      I am 100% with you! I find so much peace and beauty in nature. It makes my life so happy! 🙂
      I don’t watch tv at all. I’d rather be out there on the beach too! 🙂


  6. Jihad Kawas Avatar
    Jihad Kawas

    Great photo 😀


  7. EvaUhu Avatar

    really, really beautiful and serene
    almost like a painting


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