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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 a woman with severe clinical depression. She has a long history of depression, but it became much worse after the birth of her daughter several years ago, and has continued to varying degrees (bad to worse to worst and back) to this day.

About this photo: “I loved being pregnant – not the nausea, fatigue and pain – but feeling my baby grow inside me, her hiccups, her wiggles, her every move, and imagining our future together. I never imagined that things would be as hard as they have been due to my mental health issues. I really thought things would change. That I would instantly feel like an energizer mom who could run around to playdates, classes, and activities. I never thought it would be hard to even get off the couch to play tag between the living room and kitchen. 

This photograph is of my neighbor, her son, and her soon-to-be-born son. I always imagined that I would have a moment like this, when my daughter would become a big sister, but now it is doubtful. It’s hard to imagine bringing another child into this world when I feel like I don’t even want to be here myself much of the time. I really wanted two children, but I also wanted a unicorn when I was younger. Some things are just not meant to be. At least in the meantime, I can enjoy photographing other people’s joy, and hope that someday I will find my own.”


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11 responses to “Belly Kisses”

  1. Chillbrook Avatar

    Cute image! 🙂


  2. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    That’s a beautiful image that you made. I hope you can continue seeking beauty around you and make more images. Thanks for sharing this one.


  3. the eternal traveller Avatar

    A sad story but a beautiful photo. I hope that lady does find peace.


  4. luro97 Avatar

    The joy is there. You are sharing it with us. Thank you.


  5. Cristian V. Photography Avatar

    this is so beautiful! …


  6. Lady Deidre Avatar

    Great capture!
    Word of advice: Seek the Lord — He’s the only one that can wipe out depression!
    God Bless you!


  7. Leah Givens Avatar

    So bittersweet…and in looking for joy, you are sure to find it one way or another.


  8. Zen Avatar

    Even if the baby is not around yet, the boy was excited and showed it with a kiss. Priceless! ♥


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