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 Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “My dad and I have been traveling together for years.  Last year, we went to China to experience a completely new and alien culture.  Every step we took was a photographic moment.  Everything was so different and fascinating.  In one short week, I took over 800 pictures of day to day life such as this picture of a food cart.  Street food is huge in China.  It is generally cheaper and fresher to eat out and the variety of street food is astounding.  I had seen lots of vendors selling their food at stalls but had never seen someone actually riding around town with his food on his bike!  I thought of all the work this man did each and every day and saw how proud he was of his business.  It warmed my heart and of course I had to take a picture.”


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