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 Janine Kain from Scotland. She struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety and OCD. She feels that photography gives her the opportunity to explore and express herself in a world where there is no reality – only perception.

About this photo: “The Chain photograph represents my journey of coming to terms with mental illness. Initially I considered the chain to represent being imprisoned in a world of illness, misconception, stigma, confusion and suspicion. The chain represented my sense of isolation and my efforts to keep others away by being locked up in my world, inside my head.

Now I am trying to view the chain as a chain of links of support from family, friends and my mental health team. The chain is strong, solid and resolute in its support.


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6 responses to “Locked Up or Let Free?”

  1. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    love the colors and textures you captured on the chain in your photo. I also understand your analogy and find it awesome that you were able to change it from so painful to so supportive. awesome!


  2. Janine Kain Avatar

    Thank you Paula.


  3. Fiona Duthie Avatar

    Long and slow journey Janine, but you are definitely on the way up.


  4. Eric E Photography Avatar

    Love the depth of field in this image. It says a lot:)


  5. Janine Kain Avatar

    Thank you Fiona and Eric !


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