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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 Shayan, a 25-year-old man from Tehran, Iran. He bought a camera last year and started to study and practice photography on his own. He has not experienced mental illness, however his aunt has. She has trouble concentrating and thinking clearly, and has problems with her socializing and learning abilities. It is believed to perhaps be in part due to cousin marriage, which he says is rampant in Iran and the Middle East. He says that in parts of Iran, parents arrange the marriage of cousins before birth. There are many people in his country who are believed to suffer from both mental or physical disorders caused by the prevalence of cousin marriage. He quotes wikipedia in saying “this is because married couples that possess higher than normal consanguinity, shared identical DNA and genetic material, have an increased chance of sharing genes for recessive traits.” Fortunately, he reports that the awareness has been raised and cousins’ tendency toward marriage has been lowered recently.

About this photo: “We were behind the Lar dam of Iran, in a protected area. It’s one of the rivers that used to flow into the lake. Watching the cracks in this riverbed is both interesting and sad; the climate is changing. So, take care of your environment.”


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9 responses to “Used To Be River Here”

  1. Borneo Rainbow Avatar

    Even river can be dried up..congrats for photo


  2. Alex H Avatar

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


  3. mikeosbornphoto Avatar

    Excellent photo with the small figures in the distance in this vast landscape.


  4. Ana VFCH Avatar

    I love the photo. It’s sad that there isn’t a river anymore though.


  5. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    very interesting photo. Glad to hear tthe cousin marriage is on the decline.


  6. Shayan Avatar

    Thank you all commenters,
    Your kind words are appreciated


  7. OyiaBrown Avatar

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  8. compostingwords Avatar

    I always learn something new from reading posts on WordPress and like how it gives a window to other places in the world. I’m sad to see this photo of your river but glad to hear that cousin marriage is on the decline.


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