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 first-time contributor Elijah Weerts, a 20-year-old photography student. People have always seen him as the outgoing, fun to be around, positive kid all through his life. He wasn’t ever “allowed” to be sad or at least he felt that he had to be the person who made everyone feel better. He thought that if he showed that he was sad that he was letting people down. Elijah has been a photography major for the past four semesters of college, and every time he does self-portraits people seem to respond to them very emotionally. Whether it be happy, uncomfortable, or sad, people are drawn to them. Photography allows him to show how he is feeling without having to say anything. It lets all of him be shown in a way people can somehow relate to and that’s what he gets passionate about. He wants people to feel something when they see his images. He wants people to actually stop and think about who they are.

About this photo: “Originally this photograph was going to be just me in my swimsuit looking sad and bummed out for a sort of ironic comical effect.  Seeing as my beach shower curtain captured quite the attention to me and the fact that I had a beach towel on the towel rack I decided to change it up.  I had a tribal looking mask that my girlfriend had given me and I created a make shift necklace and staff made the scene even more outrageous than it already was.

I feel that in life sometimes we need comic relief because so many times we find ourselves overwhelmed with the world’s burdens. Sometimes we need to actually use our imagination and leave our busy lives for just a moment.” 


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12 responses to “Mental Vacation”

  1. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    You are a very talented photographer – I’ve just taken a look at your website and the photos are wonderful. Yes, your passion for photography and creativity shine through. I look forward to more photos!


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      Thank you so much, that means a lot! :}


  2. justmusing Avatar

    Great Title, too;)


  3. jaybluepoems Avatar

    Your site, your collaboration, and your collective work is incredible! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! http://jaybluepoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-one-lovely-blog-award/


  4. ag Avatar

    Fabulous. In some weird universe, it looks like you’re stepping right out of the world represented by the shower curtain 🙂


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      Like a tropical Dr. Who 😉


  5. seeker Avatar

    Congratulations, D, for your nomination.

    As for mental vacation, it’s good to get out of ourselves.


  6. abigler42 Avatar

    I love this and I checked out your website. Your photography is nothing short of beautiful and amazing!


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to my site. :}


  7. Emily Avatar

    Very funny…..gave me a good lift. Thanks.


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      Good to know it did. :}


  8. littledogslaughed Avatar

    This is wonderful-kind of a poor man’s paradise get-away-I have to admit I burst out laughing when I first saw it-


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