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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.

Circularity of Sea and Suffering

FolieCirculairePhoto taken by DeeDee, a woman in her mid-thirties from upstate New York who struggles with bipolar disorder and ADD. As is often the case with bipolar, her life has many ups and downs and can feel like a daily roller coaster. She enjoys photography, especially experimenting with different cameras and film.

About this photo: “Alone in France and plagued by rapid cycling bipolar episodes in the summer of 2011, I watched in solitude as the waves assaulted the craggy shore of a tiny island in the Celtic Sea. I walked alone along the edges of the cliffs, observing the tides, and reflected on the circular cycles of the sea. During my short visit to the island, I tried to maintain the hypomanic enthusiasm that had gotten me there, but to no avail; it was washed away like so much sand on a rocky beach.

Foli Circulaire was the first name for bipolar disorder, coined by Jules Falret in 1854. The dramatic lines of the island’s cliff rocks, sculpted by millennia of daily cycles of the tides, reminded me of  the circularity of both sea and suffering.”


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6 responses to “Circularity of Sea and Suffering”

  1. DeeDee Avatar

    Reblogged this on Disorderly Chickadee and commented:
    A shot that I originally thought was a complete waste of film turned out to be something I rather liked.


  2. jmgoyder Avatar

    Very effective.


    1. DeeDee Avatar

      It’s surprising how often I find my “reject” photos express something really interesting.


      1. jmgoyder Avatar

        I am not a photographer but I am learning and I know exactly what you mean – sometimes ‘faulty’ images are the best. I wish you all the best for Christmas.


  3. Emily Avatar

    Phenominal illustrated description!


    1. DeeDee Avatar

      Thank you! 😀


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