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: “i don’t think there’s anything i look forward to more than a whole weekend of nothing but what i feel like doing. especially with my favorite person present. i’m trying to live in the moment and not allow thoughts of when it will be just me again for a temporary time. i’ll admit, they try to creep in, but i deny them access to my brainspace now.

and i will do whatever it takes to suspend time.”


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3 responses to “Tangled Together”

  1. galeriaredelius Avatar

    The way the toes line up make them look like beads on a string. I love the tenderness of this photo, and yes, it really gives a feeling of “stopping time”, just being “here and now”.

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  2. BlueSkyPoet Avatar

    Amazing photo. Beautifully captured and such rich tones. Full of emotion. Thank you for it.

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  3. vishalbheeroo Avatar

    Expressive pic. A tale of lazing around and reflecting about life and its complexities.

    Liked by 1 person

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