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 first-time contributor Marci, a 30-year-old woman from Northern California. She has struggled with mental health issues since she was a child. As she got older the severity increased, symptoms changed along with diagnosis. As a young adult she started experiencing mood swings, psychosis, self-harm, and other personality issues. She was then diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and eventually Schizoaffective Disorder- bipolar type, because of the combination of symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Marci has found joy and distraction in scrapbooking and journaling. She looks through those scrapbooks and journals when she is having a rough time in the hopes that it will transport her to a happier time and place.

About this photo: “This photo was taken in South Lake Tahoe outside at my little sister’s house in January.  This photo reminds me of peace and simplicity.  I didn’t need to go far, I didn’t take multiple shots and choose the best one, and I didn’t use a fancy camera. I just took the one picture with my iPhone and I love it.  The sky is bright and clear with the snow on the trees and it makes me feel peaceful looking at it.”


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3 responses to “Peace and Simplicity”

  1. Karen miller Avatar
    Karen miller

    Thank you. I love to look at the sky. This is beautiful. Karen M.


  2. mm172001 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Mm172001's Blog and commented:
    My first submission to Broken Light: A photography collective. The purpose of Broken Light is to showcase photographers living with or affected by mental illness. If you fit that criteria check out the submission guidelines and free feel to submit your own.
    You know I like to scrapbook and journal and use photos to do so, here is one taken in response to a WordPress Daily Prompt.


  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    the photo is gorgeous. The sky so clear! wonderful job. I am also a scrapbooker. There are some awesome groups out there. You can find links to a lot on my blog http://preciouspagesbypaula.blogspot.com/ or contact me through there and I would be happy to recommend some!


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