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 first-time contributor Brandon, an 18 year-old who has suffered from depression and severe anxiety for as long as he can remember. He is a self harm survivor as well. His anxiety hit its peak when he was in 11th grade. He was at school and ended up fainting on the steps. After that, he was put on anti-depressants. He can’t say they fully helped the depression, but at least they stopped the fainting.

About this photo: “This photograph was kind of an “on-the-spot” photograph I took in an alley way with only a flashlight to light the set. It symbolizes a personal struggle. The light representing clarity, and me wanting to find it. The blank expression and general dark tone of the photograph portrays darkness being the only thing I’ve known for a long time, and I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for. The light. When I look at this, it reminds me that even though I still get very under the weather sometimes, there still will be light at the end of the tunnel. Well, in my case.. light trapped tightly within the jar. It reminds me that everything will be okay, no matter how long I have to wait. I’ll find my light some day.”


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15 responses to “Light”

  1. bipolaronfire Avatar

    Amazing photo and amazing insight from such a young man. Your future is bright!!


  2. chistanote Avatar

    There is something especial and different in these photos which are taken by depressed people. I love them.


  3. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    That’s an amazing photograph – like a Caravaggio. Really a beautiful image.


  4. Norunn Mølsæter Avatar

    Totaly agree with Cara L Smith! All the best for you! 🙂


  5. geecee19 Avatar

    You already have found the light Brandon, the jar has become a beacon of light and hope not just for you but for those who may have been struggling and happened by it, like me. Have a good one!!


  6. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Very impressive photograph, with its beauty and meaning. Your words impress me too.


  7. Brandon Halley Avatar

    Words cannot describe how much all of these nice comments mean to me. Thank all of you so much.


  8. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    A really great shot. Always look for the light.


  9. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Haunting and compelling composition! I love the photograph. There is light in the darkness. He is Jesus.


  10. Bipolar Journalist Avatar

    Reblogged this on The Bipolar Journals and commented:
    Great blog everyone. Check out all the photos by people with mental illness. They are superb.


  11. nelkz76 Avatar

    1. A fantastic image!
    2. A fantastic concept
    3. A fantastic blog, I think its awesome that you have found a way to express how you feel.


  12. bluebrightly Avatar

    Great photo – and very moving words, too.


  13. David Oliveras Avatar

    Beautiful demonstration of vision here. Using light as a compositional element. Love the warm color temperature. Reminiscent of the work of master painters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio.


  14. Chris Pattison Avatar

    You have talent. I hope it lifts you out.


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