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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 autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She has been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as The MAAP Newsletter (an online newsletter for those with ASD and those who love them, www.aspergersyndrome.org).

About this photo: “I have seasonal depression (also known as SAD). It has been so bad this winter, that each day feels like trying to get through a maze. I took this photo on my mom’s birthday, one of the days I wasn’t sleeping away. I am also currently undergoing a medication adjustment to deal with severe agitation which makes me sleep even more. My psychiatrist told me that being autistic, psych meds don’t work as effectively as they do in non-spectrum people. Taken in my backyard.”


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7 responses to “Winter Maze”

  1. Julie Chicklitasaurus Avatar

    Beautiful! This would make a gorgeous canvas!


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      Thank you. 😉


  2. betsyborchardt Avatar

    Love your photography! What a beautiful maze, but it seems like once in it, one could never escape. Must be what Aspberger Syndrome seems like.


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      That is exactly what came to me when viewing the image initially-trapped! It has been said that autism is a world all its own. There is a dimension of isolation, that is for sure. Then there is this indescribable place where the photos come from. It is like you can see a little into the world of autism, but you must have an autism spectrum disorder to fully see past the barriers. Thank you for viewing. 🙂


  3. Bora Avatar

    White peace and calm harmony – that’s what this photo projects! I have almost identical photos I took about 4 winters ago 🙂 And, though you call it a maze, I see it as a world of possibilities unfolding before you… Behind those snow-filled twigs there is the endless sky!


  4. blueribbonfair Avatar

    Thanks to this blog being posted on the Daily Post I am now following it. I saw bipolar and had to check it out. I am surely going to try to submit sometime in the future and really relate to the photos. What a neat way to help all of us and feel we are not alone.


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