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: “This photograph is about the release that happens when things start clicking; when the darkness lifts.   And it does.” 


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11 responses to “When Darkness Lifts”

  1. Bopbie Avatar

    Phenomenal image! The composition is exceptional, the lighting is perfect, and the subject is captivating. The whole concept of the work really evokes emotion, those feelings of release and arrival. Beautiful.


  2. 1cruzdelsur Avatar

    A beautiful shot, artistic.


  3. grumpytykepix Avatar

    A fabulous photograph; indeed worth a thousand words, or far, far more.


  4. Ilusión Avatar

    Reblogged this on My Thought. My Words… My LIFE! and commented:
    Beautiful portrait!!!


  5. Terry722 Avatar

    Beautiful! I love this blog!


  6. iRucci74 Avatar

    this is gorgeous!


  7. bipolaronfire Avatar

    I reposted – I said it there and I’ll say it here: I’m stunned by the beauty of this!


  8. birgitph Avatar

    That is so lovely and hopeful.


  9. kp Avatar

    This photo is breath taking!


  10. lmarea3070 Avatar

    Love this!


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