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.

Photos taken by Bekr (Bipolar Girl) a 37-year-old woman who lives in Nevada. She always knew she was “different.” She was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, then finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in her 20’s, along with PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. She has also been a self harmer. It has been a real struggle and she thinks it is a miracle she is alive, but she believes her guardian angel was definitely looking after her for a reason – and she believes that reason is to advocate for mental illness, and help others feel not so alone in this journey we call life.

About these photos: “I took the photos when I was in a dark mood. Although I was feeling dark at the time of taking the photos, they also gave me hope. They made me realize that we are here for such a short time, and once we are gone, we are gone… That made me realize to appreciate every day I have, whether good or bad. To remain hopeful no matter what.”


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7 responses to “Life (Hope) Death”

  1. Bipolar Girl Avatar

    Reblogged this on Bipolar Girl and commented:
    Life (Hope) Death
    Some of my photography


  2. seeker Avatar

    There is a song about angels and hope and it goes “soft as a voice of an angel … hope for a gentle tomorrow …. whispering hope….” You take beautiful photos. May I make a copy for my file. I too suffer from a chemical imbalance in the brain. It’s in the genes. Remain hopeful, stay alive. Take care.


    1. Bipolar Girl Avatar

      yes you may 🙂 and thank you! Never lose hope and take care!


  3. DeeDee Avatar

    I have many such photos taken over the years – with different cameras, different cemeteries, different conditions (fog is awesome for these statuary!)

    I would have never thought to compose them like this! It’s brilliant – congrats on a really fantastic piece. Now I have to go do something similar. 😉


    1. Bipolar Girl Avatar

      I love taking photos in cemeteries, especially New Orleans Cemeteries.
      Thank you 🙂


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