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 contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “I took this during October 2012 to commemorate my new life and release from any and all abuse that I’ve been through in my life, from childhood on.” 


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14 responses to “Levitation; A Release from Abuse”

  1. Kerry Dwyer Avatar

    Great picture and sentiment.


  2. Oregon Kool-Aid Avatar

    Reblogged this on Turnstile Eyes and commented:
    Reminds me of a Rez One photo


  3. Geo Sans Avatar

    keep rising Carrie …


    1. carrieblueberry Avatar

      I will! Life is much better now.


  4. seeker Avatar

    What an excellent way to rise above depression. You have talent. Take good care of yourself, ok!


    1. carrieblueberry Avatar

      thank you! I am getting there!


  5. luro97 Avatar

    OH WOW! No limits for you! Way to go!


  6. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    What a wonderful image. Bravo!


  7. Valarielovelight Avatar

    When I look at this photo, I think something or someone is always holding us up even though we may not see it! Makes you think.


  8. Terry722 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Mahoneyville Movies.


  9. fgassette Avatar


    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.


  10. Phoport Avatar

    Proud of you and your work.


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