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 first-time contributor Quita, a teenager from England. She has experienced severe self-esteem and confidence issues since she was 14-years-old, around the start of her first set of formal exams. Although she wasn’t failing her subjects, the pressure of doing well whilst also keeping up with all her friends started to overcome her, and she ended up being diagnosed with major depression. She thinks depression is harder to go through than many people think. She found it hard to even talk to her mum about what she was feeling because she wasn’t sure herself, and it upset her mum to know Quita was going through things she couldn’t change. Quita has recently started to overcome some of her struggles with the help of her supportive boyfriend, along with photography. Taking photos has helped with her feelings of isolation, and she appreciates the freedom it gives her.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken recently for a photography project I’m doing at school about beauty. I wanted to put something ugly on top of something beautiful. I was in a less depressed place whilst taking it so I was generally happier with the outcome.”


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7 responses to “Cracked”

  1. Maya Avatar

    This is wonderful.


  2. luro97 Avatar

    Fantastic first of hopefully many contributions! Welcome.


  3. youngontheroad Avatar

    Beautiful meaning. What mediums are used?


  4. Emily Avatar



  5. niquitax Avatar

    thanks for the comments and support, it means so much, thanks brokenlightcollective you’re doing a brilliant job x


  6. Shannon Avatar

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!



  7. Leah Givens Avatar

    Keep it up…you are beautiful and can make it through this!


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