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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 Danielle, a woman who experiences severe depressive episodes. She loves photography, animals, and traveling when she is up to it.

About this photo: “I love giraffes. Their graceful form, their beautiful fur patterns, their knowing eyes. I was lucky enough recently to be eye to eye with one, and to feed lettuce to his long purple-y tongue. I was on a platform and he came right up to me. He looked at me as if he could see inside of me. I suddenly wanted to cry or give him a big hug. It was a beautiful moment, and a great reminder of how much I love traveling and experiencing new things and cultures. Depression keeps me from doing that much of the time. I can only hope my depression continues to get better, so I can travel and do more and more things outside of my comfort zone. It’s a beautiful world out there. I don’t want to keep missing out.” 


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13 responses to “Pattern”

  1. Martina Avatar

    Amazing photography! Good luck with everything…always remember you’re stronger than you think you are!


  2. GrowlTigger Avatar

    A truly beautiful post, not just the photography, but the heartfelt sentiment of the descriptive text too. I love giraffes too, for me it is their eyes that get my attention, not least because of the big eyelashes they have – always makes me smile. 🙂
    I hope you continue to enjoy your photography and I hope your love of animals and taking their pictures helps you make a new path in life. 🙂


  3. traveling crone Avatar

    I endure bi-polar and one of the best gifts I have ever given myself is travel. Many reasons for it but the really important one is that it helps me prove to myself over and over that I can do more than I fear I can’t. It isn’t always pretty and fun but, for me, it is important that I challenge my boundaries because I find them getting smaller and smaller if I don’t. I have seen the ships of the Serengeti float by, free and wild and have enjoyed the rush that it brings. I wish that for you.


  4. brenda Avatar

    the eye expresses gentleness. nice image.


  5. tarpfrog Avatar

    A beautiful photograph of a beautiful animal. I feel the same way about giraffes. They are stunning.


  6. talyn marie Avatar

    Wonderful photo. So strong yet so gentle.


  7. Queenie Avatar

    I went for animal prints too! I just love them! X


  8. theglitteringdarkbird Avatar

    Giraffes are my favourite. They have been ever since I was a child. My therapist reckons this is something to do with wanting to rie above things, but I just think they’re beautiful, and I love their liquid, expressive eyes. Your photo was stunning. 🙂


  9. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    Beautiful beautiful.


  10. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    What a wonderful photo. The eyes have it, as they say…. Very expressive.


  11. v Avatar

    I love giraffes


  12. maureenjenner Avatar

    Thank you for sharing a golden moment with a gentle and graceful giraffe whose eyes and eyelashes would melt a glacier.


  13. Lorraine Nicholson Avatar

    I really love this beautiful photograph as it reminds me of a trip I did to Kenya before I became very ill with bouts of clinical depression which robbed me of my ability to appreciate any of my senses. I have since travelled again and love photography as a creative outlet of my joys mainly. Thank You so much for rekindling that wonderful memory of being up close to the gentle giant….


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