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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 in upstate New York by a woman who suffers from major depressive disorder. She is married with one child, and loves to photograph them and anything else she sees through her lens.

About this photo: “When I’m depressed, I’m in my own world, even if I don’t want to be. I always want to be alone, for obvious reasons, and stay in, but when it comes to holidays such as Thanksgiving, my husband thinks that it is important to be with extended family beyond our own little family unit. I agreed, for him, to leave and go my Aunt’s farm in the country. It really is beautiful there and I’m glad I went. I was able to spend time with family who I rarely get to see – some of whom can even empathize with my situation – got to eat delicious food, get kissed by a horse, and even have some alone time to reflect in front of the breathtaking reflections of sunset on her pond.” 


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13 responses to “Reflecting at Sunset”

  1. anngrafics Avatar

    I feel the same when I’m depressed – glad you went and shared these gorgeous shots!


  2. Sankar Avatar

    Nice photos…


  3. luro97 Avatar

    Wonderful shots! Peaceful looking. Is it great that your husband got you to go and that you enjoyed yourself.


  4. Miles Avatar

    These made me catch my breath. Thanks for sharing them 🙂


  5. Julie Chicklitasaurus Avatar

    Very beautiful scenery and write up. Thanks for sharing! xo


  6. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    Beautiful photos. I very much like the first one.


  7. spiral Avatar

    even though the first one gives the impression of peacefulness, I see there something else in addition. The loneliness I can so well relate to.
    And strangly, probably even this loneliness, even though it makes me feel so uncomfortably isolated, has something beautiful about it… cannot explain in words. The picture does it for me.
    Nice. Thank you.


  8. Lisa O'Bryan Avatar

    These images are beautiful, and remind me of home (I live in FL, but lived upstate in NY all my life…) So glad you decided to go…and thank you for sharing! 🙂


  9. Silken Photography Avatar

    Really beautiful and tranquil shots.


  10. grumpytykepix Avatar

    I consider myself very fortunate that I do not and never have suffered from a depressive illness, especially as I have two family members who do (in a very serious way) and through my work come into contact with more people who do. I have just discovered this blog (through a follow on my other, non photography specific blog) and think it is wonderful that photography can be so supportive for people who suffer in this way.


  11. Eric Avatar

    Absolutely fantastic exposure on the first photo.


  12. eof737 Avatar

    Beautiful shots…


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