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 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: “During my depression, sleep seemed to be my only escape.


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10 responses to “Do Not Enter”

  1. Bastet Avatar

    Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet and commented:
    This is such a moving post…the photo tells all…but the words give a hope.


  2. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    I so relate to the photo, the depression and the sleep as a means to escape it. Glad you are feeling better now. I slide back into darkness with the seasons. The winters are SO hard.


  3. fotosandi1 Avatar

    Awesome post hope you are better, I have so been there!


  4. tilde531 Avatar

    Poignant and relateable , too


  5. Tilda Avatar

    Beautiful photo, and captures the feeling so well.


  6. limseemin Avatar

    Like this very much!! Visit mine too! Don’t forget to follow. Haha 🙂


  7. bakesinslippers Avatar

    I relate, there are/were days when I couldn’t wait for sleep. Sleep shut my mind down, gave me some hours to rest and not think about the dark place I was in. Thank you for sharing.


  8. Andrea Avatar

    This blog makes me feel that we are not alone. There have been many times in my life when I have felt this way. Carrie it’s brave to share her self-portraits.


  9. Eric E Photo Avatar

    Proud of her for sticking with her creative passion through the tough times. Great inspiration to others:)


  10. Inside the Mind of Isadora Avatar

    Unfortunately, depression can make you feel this very strongly.
    Having bi-polar and depression in my family, I have seen this first hand.
    She captured the feeling in her photo. Very well done ….


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