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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 who has been diagnosed with clinical depression. She loves her family, but finds it hard to love herself.

About this photo: “When I came across my daughter’s doll laying facedown on the couch, it resonated with me. She looked the way I feel when I am depressed. Vulnerable and weak, helpless and hopeless. My days will often end up with me laying on that very spot, feeling fatigued and isolated, barely able to move. I think this photo gives a better sense of my daily experience when depressed than even a self-portrait would. Depression also makes me feel like I am in a prison. The prison of my home and my mind.


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8 responses to “Prison of My Mind”

  1. seeker Avatar

    The reflection of the bars on the doll does look like a prison bard. Excellent picture. Rest assure that there is always hope to get out of the prison, the prison bar is never locked. Take care.


  2. Maya Avatar

    Very powerful photo.


  3. transitionstande Avatar

    Very symbolic picture. Sometimes the bars only exist in our minds.
    I find it very disturbing to find a doll flat on her face and always have to pick her up!


  4. Emily Avatar

    Great metaphor!


  5. Inside the Mind of Isadora Avatar

    Strong and intense image. It is perfect for what you’ve described. A photo that could be wordless and still say so much. Well done ..


  6. bluebrightly Avatar

    This is very powerful! Keep making art!


  7. withastrongvoice Avatar

    Very very beautiful, it has so much power in it. It really speaks to you.


  8. jelescubogdan Avatar

    Fight! You have a family. You already have much more than I will ever have. And if somehow I keep standing then you should be able to do it as well. 🙂


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