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 Taylor J. a 27-year-old contemporary photographic artist located near Nashville, Tennessee. Originally a commercial photographer he became unfulfilled by his work and decided drop everything and pursue a career in the fine arts. After some time shooting nature and urban scenes Taylor again felt unsatisfied by his work. Wanting to create photographs that where truly expressive he decided to do something completely different with photography. Taylor began exploring new photographic methods to allow himself more freedom with the camera. This has ultimately resulted in the development of a distinct style of work he calls Photographic Surreal Impressionism. The images are completely photographic in nature created using various techniques which Taylor has developed through his own trial and error. There is no digital manipulation nor the use of any other medium involved in the production of his photographs. It very important to Taylor that he create his photos honestly as he believes it gives his work a more organic feel and sense of integrity.

About this photo: I call this photo ‘Tracey did I lock the door, are you sure?’ In my teens I was placed in a mental institution for various reasons. I was in a dark place and I began to revert to my instinct to create art. I began to fill notebook after notebook with drawings. It was at this point in my life that my passion for making art transformed from being just a hobby to becoming an outlet or coping devise. I learned to use the freedom of art making to embrace my surrounds and made it a way of life. I still have those notebooks and I use them to this day for inspiration” 


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8 responses to “Photographic Surreal Impressionism”

  1. luro97 Avatar

    Looked at it hard and found myself drawn into it. It inspires me to do more with my own photography. Thank you for this.

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  2. ag Avatar

    Love it. To second what Luro97 says, the image and story behind it are both very inspiring.


  3. spiral Avatar

    That’s amazing. I love the colors.
    How can u do this with a camera?i would understand if it was more blurred and with different colors…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      I would like to know more about the photo as well..if you want to share your method(s). Beautiful.


  4. skittles189 Avatar

    His blog has many amazing photos. This one is amazing!

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  5. Cris Avatar

    Great photo! In the past I tried to achieve something like this with my photography using long exposures but I never reached this level of beauty.

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    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      It looks like long exposure & panning.


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