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.

3 98Photos taken by Bekr (Bipolar Girl) a 37-year-old woman who lives in Nevada with her husband and two fur babies. 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. She is now an advocate for Mental Illness and is trying to make a difference and helping to break/stop the stigma.

About these photos: “I was in a “dark” mood, so I decided to take some photos to express/show how I was feeling. You can tell in the first picture that I was “sad”, then strangely as I was taking the pictures I started smiling and feeling better. I even started getting silly. It is amazing how quickly our moods can change. This helped me realize how much control I have over my moods (at certain times). I also think we are so used to smiling when having our pictures taken, that the autopilot in me, started smiling. It is also known that just the act of smiling can change your mood and make you feel better. So in the end, deciding to take these self-expression-portraits, portraying my mood helped me in more ways than one.”


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18 responses to “The Joy of Having Bipolar Disorder”

  1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Lovely pictures, emcouraging words. Thank you. 🙂


  2. Pining for Grace Avatar
    Pining for Grace

    I think it’s crazy we got all these doctors calling us crazy. I think it’s just social engineering to medicate people…

    I’m trying my own approaches to battling depression. My entire blog is based on helping people. 🙂

    P.S. Love the photos. 🙂


    1. Broken Light: A Photography Collective Avatar

      Thank you for the comment and we invite and appreciate all views. We do however encourage people to seek professional help when needed, and we acknowledge that medication may be a part of their personal journey of recovery.


      1. Pining for Grace Avatar
        Pining for Grace

        Likewise. 🙂


  3. charlottecarrendar Avatar

    Colourful and intriguing.


  4. Bipolar Girl Avatar

    Reblogged this on Bipolar Girl and commented:
    The Joy of Having Bipolar Disorder
    From depressed to happy within a matter of minutes.


  5. jmgoyder Avatar

    Interesting and powerful.


  6. ag Avatar

    Fun photos — a nice commentary on the transient nature of moods and why we shouldn’t get attached to either the highs or the lows.


  7. Maya Greywolf Avatar

    Advocacy greatly needed – thank you for your efforts!


  8. luro97 Avatar

    Thank you for your wonderful photos and equally wonderful words!


  9. Lisha @ The Lucky Mom Avatar

    When I’m in a funk, doing something creative usually lifts me up. I usually grab a canvas and paint, and just start painting. Sometimes my paintings are worth keeping, other times not. Sounds like your camera does the same for you.

    BTW, do you even realize how beautiful you are?


    1. Bipolar Girl Avatar

      yes it does 🙂
      and thank you so very much… made me blush 🙂


  10. Nicole Avatar

    These are awesome and encouraging. Thanks for sharing!


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