Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!


Photo taken by contributor Meg, a recovered alcoholic who has discovered not only how glorious life can be, but that everyone can have access to such joy. She has found … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 12 Comments

Lucid Dreaming

  Photos taken by contributor Hayley, a photography and new media student who has suffered from anorexia and anxiety. Her passions include adventure, traveling, music, art, and the outdoors. About these … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 8 Comments

Tangled Together

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 … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 3 Comments

Blooming After Loss

Photo taken by contributor Heather Hamilton, a 25-year-old woman from Utah. She suffers from major depression, OCD, as well as ADHD. She was officially diagnosed three years ago, but knew long before that she … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lady and the Lake

Photos taken by contributor Stephanie from Knoxville, Tennessee. She has struggled with depression and anxiety since childhood, as well as PTSD. About these photos: “There were many emotions going through my mind … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · 16 Comments

A Mother’s Touch

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman with severe depression and anxiety attacks. About this photo: “This is a shot I took of my mother and my daughter at the … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

Repairing the Wounds

Photo taken by first-time contributor Andy, an English amateur photographer, aged 45, as well as an amateur writer of short stories, and artist using mixed media. He is fascinated by … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · 1 Comment


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. … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 13 Comments

Into the Light; India

Photo taken by first-time contributor Amy, a 30-year-old woman originally from Australia, currently living in Canada. She spent her teenage years and early twenties battling depression and anxiety. These periods of … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Simple Things

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 … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Do Not Remove Pins From Body [Butterfly Variation]

Photo taken by first-time contributor John Luke Chapman a 46-year-old photographic artist who lives by the sea in Brighton, UK. He suffers from clinical depression which, despite going undiagnosed for many many years, has been … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 6 Comments


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. … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 15 Comments

Unexpected Beauty

Photo taken by first-time contributor John Nooney, a 47-year-old gay man from a suburb of Denver, Colorado, who has been HIV+ since 1989. John has dealt with mental illness for most of his … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Rising From the Ashes

Photo taken by contributor Jan Austin Smith, a 27-year-old man living in Northern California. Jan has been around people with mental health issues his whole life, including his mother, a … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

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