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.

Photos taken by first-time contributor Max, an addict with 3.5 years of sobriety, who currently works at a treatment center in Houston, Texas. He is also an avid surfer. After taking a photography class, he felt that this was what he needed to be doing, and so he is currently pursuing a BFA in Photography/Digital Media.

About these photos: “Being an addict, it’s hard for me to slow down every once in a while and take a minute to appreciate the things I do have in my life. I am quick to being worried about where I will be, where I have been, and what I am doing. Being married, wonderful dogs, sweets ha, and the beauty of everyday life that’s what these photos are about. Photography has helped to do that and be able to capture those moments. Although it initially started out as something for myself it turned out that I got even more joy from being able to capture images that would bring other people joy like it has done for me. That is my motivation to create images. I love it for what it gives other people and myself.”


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One response to “The Simple Things”

  1. deborahbrasket Avatar

    As the mother of an addict with ADD, I love seeing this, how people use creativity to overcome all sorts of challenges. Also as a writer I love this, for writing helps me to show how pain and suffering (my own and others) can open our hearts and lead to a deeper understanding of the beauty that underwrites all things and binds us together. What a wonderful site you’ve created here.


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