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 Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: 

“Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.

― Steven Rogers, Hope Floats


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20 responses to “Hope Floats”

  1. petchary Avatar

    Upwards is always the right direction to be moving in… Beautiful photo.


  2. RobynG Avatar

    Beautiful! Perfect lighting.


  3. nalun Avatar

    I love the lines created in this image. Beautiful work!


  4. JD Avatar

    Stunning photography!


  5. Sofie's Diary Avatar

    Beautiful dance!


  6. moondustwriter Avatar

    perfect shot!


  7. mmarianorthcutt Avatar

    Wonderful picture!!


  8. sustainabilitea Avatar

    The photo made me feel “up.” Nicely done!



  9. jessicajhill Avatar

    What a gorgeous shot! She looks like a beautiful fairy.


  10. carrieblueberry Avatar

    thanks everyone. she was a joy to shoot


  11. kz Avatar

    fantastic photo!


  12. mithriluna Avatar

    The back story and the picture combined is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


  13. Amar Naik Avatar
    Amar Naik

    great click


  14. lena de almeida Avatar

    Beautiful and joyful image.


  15. bipolaronfire Avatar

    I echo everyone’s sentiments. Delightful! Delicious!!!


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    Actually when someone doesn’t know after that its up to other people that they will assist, so here it occurs.


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