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  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her four and six-year-old young grandchildren. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well as her recent love of photography, have become her saviours and kept her from succumbing to the negative temptations that regularly haunt her. She has tried to commit suicide several times in the past, but thankfully is still with us. Her hopes are to get past her illness, as well as glaucoma, and become a professional photographer.

About this photo: “Just look at those eyes. To me they speak to how many of us feel at times, if not all the time. A little while ago I had a bit of an accident and fell down the stairs, tearing a muscle and cracking a rib. I wasn’t able to do anything. To climb the stairs to put the babies to bed was impossible. I would sit in the recliner staring out the window, just like this monkey stares beyond the bars to freedom. Then like a miracle I woke up Friday morning and ALL pain was gone! There are no signs of being injured at all!! I can’t explain how this happened, but am so very thankful to the Lord for His healing powers.  Yesterday we went to our local zoo, this is when I saw this poor darlin’. My heart broke for her. I know exactly how she feels.  Before the accident I was trying my hardest to get passed being agoraphobic. Making myself walk the babies to school and then pick them up was so hard, but I was doing it…and very proud of myself too.  Now tomorrow I will have to force myself to leave the house again. I’m so very scared, to tell the truth. I just have to think to myself that I did it before, I most certainly can do it again.”


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4 responses to “Staring Through the Bars”

  1. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    amazing photo. I can see the expression in the eyes too and how wonderful for your healing miracle from the Lord! God is so good!


  2. frizztext Avatar

    “…monkey stares
    beyond the bars
    to freedom…”


  3. magyarok27 Avatar

    first thing that caught my attention, those eyes, very powerful!


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