Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!

Outsider Artists

Photos taken by contributor Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT from NYC. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years, mainly in capacity as an art therapist and psychotherapist. … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 2 Comments


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. … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 7 Comments

Strength in the Face of Difficulties

Photo taken by contributor Ashley Lily Scarlett aka Syncopated Eyeball, a 53-year-old woman who has experienced bouts of depression of various degrees, on and off since she was 12-years-old. She … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 13 Comments

Half Empty & Half Full

Photo taken by contributor Steve, a 63-year-old Viet Nam Veteran diagnoised with PTSD and clinical depression. He is new to photography but is using it as a tool in his … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 4 Comments


Photo submitted by contributor Victoria Saywer, a 30-year-old woman who has been suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression since she was 10-years-old. That was 20 years of avoidance, of … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 5 Comments


Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who has struggled with severe depression, anxiety and panic attacks for many years. Most recently she fell into a deep depression six … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

Locked In, Locked Out

Photo taken by a woman in New Jersey who fights clinical depression and agoraphobia. It is a daily struggle for her. About this photo: “This photograph represents home to me … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 13 Comments

Depression Hide and Seek

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 … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 12 Comments

Peaceful Horses

Photo taken by contributor  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her two young … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 10 Comments

New Moon, New Start

Photo taken by contributor Anna Ripmeester, a 50 years old mom of two teenagers from Southern Ontario, Canada. Anna suffered through some major depressions as a teenager, but in her artistic, creative, … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 10 Comments

How Acting Like A Kid Can Improve Mental Health

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who suffers through long bouts of deep depression, as well as regular anxiety and panic attacks. About this photo: “I like all … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Under an Abstract Sea

Photo taken by contributor Luis Rosado, a Floor Supervisor and Lighting Technician of a film equipment rental house. He has been suffering from anxiety and depression for over 30 years, … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

Neglect and Dilapidation

Photo taken by a woman who has been diagnosed with major depression. Photography has been a helpful tool through the darkness of depression. About this photo: “Every broken window is … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 7 Comments

Abandoned Metropolitan State Mental Hospital

Photos taken by contributor DC, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and bipolar II. She was recently released from a psychiatric facility where she … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 16 Comments

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