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 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 kaitmauro.com or nowandnowandnow.wordpress.com.

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 responses to “Seeing Beauty”

  1. theempathyqueen Avatar

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


  2. roxxxxy44 Avatar

    Reblogged this on ROXXXXYBABEEEE.


  3. Kait Mauro Avatar

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


    1. Sam Spencer Avatar

      Thank YOU, Kait- your pictures are fantastic . . .


  4. thehappyhugger Avatar

    What a lovely picture!


  5. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    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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