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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 contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who struggles with bipolar depression. Photography has been a helpful tool in her treatment and recovery, along with doctors and medication.

About this photo: “I love my town. I love the community, the park, the dead-end streets. I especially love when the weather gets warm enough for the neighborhood kids to play outside. This photo captures some of the girls decorating a princess tiara, and enjoying freeze pops. It was a sweet moment, so I snuck over with my phone camera to capture it as unobtrusively as possible. I think the unconventional angle captures the joy, but also gives it a feeling of distance, which was how I was feeling at that moment. Depression always makes me feel like I am on the outside looking in. Like the world is a giant snow globe – filled with scenes of laughter and happiness – that I can see but can’t engage with.

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11 responses to “On the Outside Looking In”

  1. simplyenjoy Avatar

    That’s a great metaphor for depression… feeling outside of a snow-globe. Thanks for sharing this.


  2. Annie's Place Avatar

    Nice angle on the photo. I like it.


  3. autisticaplanet Avatar

    The description really ties in the photo for me.


  4. SnapInTime Avatar

    Very touching, both the photo and the description.


  5. hrosez Avatar

    ‘on the outside, looking in’… .that’s how I feel a lot. Like the word is going so fast, but you are in slow motion.


  6. phylor Avatar

    I like the snow globe analogy. I’ve always been on the outside looking in, too. Depression makes for a disconnect of perspective. Your words and photo illustrate this shifted sense of self and the world.


  7. Juli Avatar

    Beautifully said. Beautifully photographed. And, so very you touching.


  8. Forestwoodfolkart Avatar

    Great pic. Thanks for sharing.


  9. loulylu Avatar

    Amazingly expressed! …


  10. dbubble12 Avatar

    Beautiful shot that captures what you live through. I say through because you are making your days, they are not fully making you. Great writing. Thank you for sharing.


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