Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Seeing Beauty

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 21-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. She is trying to see all 50 states and has been to 38 so far. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Her primary mediums are poetry and photography, though she has also been known to dabble in printmaking and other genres of writing. She seeks to understand her experiences and to connect with others through her art. Her photography can be seen at or

About this photo: “I took this photograph on my first trip to Washington state. A friend I met there, Helen, and I went to the San Juan Islands on a ferry one afternoon. It was one of those weeks that was so good, I saw beauty everywhere. I feel like I noticed every little flower and sound in that place because of how happy I was. It was surreal.”


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6 comments on “Seeing Beauty

  1. theempathyqueen
    August 21, 2013

    She sounds so energetic, peaceful and determined. She exceeds any definition by diagnoses.


  2. roxxxxy44
    August 21, 2013

    Reblogged this on ROXXXXYBABEEEE.


  3. Kait Mauro
    August 21, 2013

    Glad to have one of my photographs on here again. This is such an awesome project, I’m so glad I discovered it.


  4. thehappyhugger
    August 22, 2013

    What a lovely picture!


  5. Paula McLane Jennings
    August 22, 2013

    love the vibrant purple of the flowers. Sounds like you had a wonderful time that week. I too suffer MDD and GAD and having those weeks where things all go well are so awesome.


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