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 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: “This image was sitting in the back of my mind one day as I was in my dorm room. I was staring into my closet and thought “Everyday people choose their outfits. And most of the times those outfits can change the way they see themselves and how they might act that day.”  So I decided to take this idea to the extreme and make it as if you were picking out a personality everyday. You can choose every morning how the rest of your day will turn out just by your attitude. So choose wisely.


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12 responses to “Self-Portrait #3”

  1. Cos Avatar

    Great capture of emotions. Very nice!


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      Thank you thank you! 😀


  2. Bams Triwoko Avatar

    Stunning pic… 🙂


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      Greatest of thanks to you. :}


    1. cowzarific Avatar

      And thank you!


  3. Sonja Benskin Mesher Avatar
    Sonja Benskin Mesher

    excellent work x


  4. Penny Fisk Avatar

    Love the colors, too.


  5. littledogslaughed Avatar

    Great idea and expressed beautifully-


  6. vivozhouphotography Avatar

    Great Photo! Thanks for sharing!


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