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: “I struggle with body image and this was me pushing myself out of my comfort zone.”


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5 responses to “Child’s Pose”

  1. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    interesting photo. how do you do your self portraits – with a timer setting? I too struggle with body image. it has cropped up with a passion recently and I am destroying my hands with all the skin picking from the BDD.


    1. carrieblueberry Avatar

      I use a remote. good luck to you!


  2. Alex H Avatar

    Awesome……..Just Awesome Share.I love it.Looking forward for more.Alex,Thanks.


  3. oneobserving Avatar

    The child’s pose is a beautiful yoga position, and this is a beautiful self portrait. Wishing you the best.


  4. sarahwbartlett Avatar

    I love the image; and even more, the symbolism of the child emerging into the woman who has been able to overcome so much pain . . . very moving, thanks for sharing.


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