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 contributor Stephen from Maryland. He was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder a few years ago. He has also suffered from crippling anxiety attacks and substance abuse. His issues came to a head in 2009 and he was hospitalized for the first time. He was given medication and told that he would be on that medication probably for a good portion of his life (he was 40 at the time). For the next 2 years he struggled with being under medicated & over medicated while nothing was truly being done to correct the situations he was in. In early 2011 he decided to take control of his life. He quit his medications (though he and we do not advise doing so without the close supervision of a psychiatric professional). He also began a strict yoga and meditation practice and changed his diet and lifestyle. While his inner demons never fully went away he learned to control them more than he ever had.

About these photos: “This series of self portraits were done before what was to be another major change in my life. This time – it was a positive change. I think these images reflect my struggle to control and contain my own issues while letting go of things I no longer needed to hold on to.” 

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17 responses to “Struggle for Control”

  1. Evan Zelermyer Avatar

    Very cool series.

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  2. luro97 Avatar

    Powerful. Thank you for presenting feelings I have been living with for some time.

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  3. Stephen Evans Avatar

    Thanks to Broken Light Collective for giving people the opportunity to post & share.

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  4. Victoria Sawyer Avatar

    These photos scare me a little bit, but guess what, so do anxiety, depression and panic. It makes a strong statement. and I’m glad there’s a happy ending and I truly agree that meditation, clean living and a cleaner lifestyle is very important. Drugs are not the answer for everyone. Not for me either.

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    1. Stephen Evans Avatar

      I found that the medications were doing more harm than good. My own doctor was strongly against my decision to quit everything I was on – and I was on a lot. However, after fighting through the withdrawals and really horrible side effects – and through a stern effort on my part – I was able to break through.

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      1. Maya Greywolf Avatar

        I have written these words almost verbatim. There are many of us who share this story – at least amongst ourselves.
        I would really like to see more of your work here on WP.

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  5. lmarea3070 Avatar
    lmarea3070

    Your story and photos are very inspiring! 🙂

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  6. seeker Avatar

    intriguing what lies underneath.

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  7. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Great images ,,, and I needed to read this today. Thank you.

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  8. Carolyn Hughes Avatar

    Very powerful. Thank you!

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  9. chaoticvision Avatar
    chaoticvision

    Such an immensely powerful series. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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  10. grumpytykepix Avatar

    The pictures say it all!

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  11. Mike Moruzi Avatar

    Awesome images – very powerful.

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