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 photograph when I was getting near the end of the divorce process and felt like nothing would ever be ok again...” 


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6 responses to “An End and A Beginning”

  1. ellen long Avatar

    sadly beautiful.


  2. Mud Avatar

    A beginning.


  3. D.mooncrab Avatar

    A picture that’s worth a thousand words.


  4. hannahduncan Avatar

    Hey, just to let you know, I nominated you for the ‘Very Inspiring Blog Award’. See link for details: http://hduncancreations.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/blogger-award/


  5. hrosez Avatar

    Wow, I love this picture so much. Reminds me of how I feel today. Insecure.


  6. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Reminds me of how I feel today with my experience with help lines. I’m alone in the world, because nobody really cares-at least professionally. They act bored and sarcastic.


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