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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 Ashley Lily Scarlett aka Syncopated Eyeball, a 53-year-old woman who has experienced bouts of depression of various degrees, on and off since she was 12-years-old. She also suffers from anxiety, gets easily over stimulated, and has a bit of social phobia. Recently she finally received a diagnosis of bipolar type II, so she will now hopefully be directed to more appropriate medications. Blogging and photography are very important to her. Usually when she is taking or editing her photographs, everything else disappears from her consciousness and she is firmly ‘in the moment’.

About this photo: “This image to me is a pictorial representation of how I feel when depressed quite badly. Things seem dark and bleak and ugly to me at those times. I say ‘seem’ because at other times (especially, but not only, when I am hypomanic) the opposite is true. That’s why the disfigured eye here is so, I can’t see clearly, my thinking is distorted. The darkness represents same. I also see fear in this image.  And sometimes when I  feel particularly depressed I feel I myself am ugly, as well as feeling that life itself is the same, hence the overall look of the image. I was not depressed when I made this image. As I’m sure many of my fellows would understand, I can’t do very much once my depression reaches the depth that this image represents to me.”

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28 responses to “In A Place With Little Light”

  1. Catarina Faria Avatar

    Hi! I have nominated your blog at Very Inspiring Blogger award

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Thank you, that’s very kind. 🙂

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    2. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      oops! Not me, Broken LIght! 🙂

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  2. pawsitiveHeather Avatar
    pawsitiveHeather

    Woah… I feel weird ‘liking’ this image, as I find it quite disturbing… But I know what you mean. What a great way to explain your emotions in a photograph.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      🙂 Better out than in! Thank you.

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  3. manthestorm3 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Oddball Magazine! (jagged thoughts) and commented:
    Bipolar photography, bravo!

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Oh! Thank you very much! 🙂

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  4. littledogslaughed Avatar

    This is a captivating photo-disturbing–yes, but more than that-powerful-
    Well done!

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Littledogslaughed, thank you. What a fine compliment to have a piece of my work considered powerful.

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  5. mrsdaffodil Avatar

    You have expressed yourself so well, both in writing and in your photograph. You deserve every bit of recognition and every accolade you receive, so take it in: it’s your’s!

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Thank you Mrs Daffodil! I’m so glad that you like the writing as well as the photograph. I like writing. Thank you, thank you. 😀

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  6. Don QuiScottie Avatar

    A work of High Art, in my humble opinion, especially with the narrative attached to it.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Goodness, thank you, Mr QuiScottie, A most encouraging comment! 😀

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  7. Richard Guest Avatar

    Really powerful image, Ashley. Brilliantly evocative and masterfully composed.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Richard, thank you. Such high praise! 🙂

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  8. healingmagichands Avatar

    Somehow the image communicates the emotional state better than any words can. Wonderful image. There is beauty in the starkness.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      😀 Thank you, HMH, that’s one of the magical things about art in general.
      I find photography a great release.

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  9. The Water Bearer Avatar

    I can relate to this picture and what it represents so very easily. As a sufferer of Cyclothymia the low times render me useless and ugly! Good on you for sharing this common feeling in such a artistic way! Blessings to you!

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Blessings right back.:) Isn’t this site wonderful for us all to ‘meet’ our fellows and be able to empathise with eachother?

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      1. The Water Bearer Avatar

        Indeed it truly is! 🙂

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  10. drawandshoot Avatar

    Ashley, As dark and haunting as this is, I find it to also be strikingly beautiful. It looks much like a print or drawing, achingly raw and tender.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Thank you, Karen, very much. It’s actually one of my favourite images. 🙂

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  11. leeannco Avatar

    I find your art very unique and extremely amazing…the photo alone says a lot already. Thumbs up on this wonderfully made blog entry.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      That’s an excellent compliment. 🙂 Thank you so much, it’s great to receive such encouragement.

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  12. spilledinkguy Avatar

    Your photographic talents are obvious, but re-visiting your image, after reading further… I found it remarkable how successfully you were able to translate those very feelings / emotions that you described in this image…
    very, very powerful work, S.E…

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      Thank you very much, Robert. Thanks for hopping over here and leaving such encouraging words. It makes a big difference to me. 🙂

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  13. Sean J. Avatar

    What an expressive image of your innermost.
    However, as I am rather a man of the pen – native speakers may smile 🙂 – I do confess that even more impressed I am by your words.
    You are a fascinating artist.

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    1. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

      What wonderful compliments!
      Thank you very much, Sean. 🙂

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