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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 first-time contributor Trash Bash, a 27-year-old freelance TV creative from London. Her mother has had schizophrenia since Trash Bash was 16-years-old. The pitfalls were always more memorable and devastating than her ‘good days’. A good day would be the pills working, but she would be drowsy and incomprehensible; there has never been a day she hasn’t been in physical pain and talking to herself since. She is constantly paranoid and for Trash Bash it’s sad because she remembers that her mother used to be different, but her brother has always known her this way. Thankfully she still has the privilege to do so much more than many inflicted with this disease. She has three loving children, a devoted husband and mother. For the first time in years, she was able to journey into central London this year. The hustle and bustle is usually all too much, but she did it and her family made sure she knew how proud they were of her. Trash Bash continues to pray for her, because she’s the best woman she knows.

About this photo: Photo was taken in Bränno, Gothenburg Sweden. The beautiful rocks in the sun with the yellow growth caught my eye. I thought how striking it would be to fill the whole screen of the camera up with these rocks. Yellow is also Sweden’s national colour.”


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3 responses to “Beneath the Cracks”

  1. compostingwords Avatar

    What a love-filled post you have written. Wishing you good days with your Mom.


  2. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    How wonderful that even with her illness your Mom is able to get out to special places and that she has such a loving family. The color on the rocks is very interesting. I’ve been taking photos like that recently too – the bard on trees, collection of rocks etc.


  3. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Thanks for your post- I’m glad that you & the others in your family have such love for your Mom, in spite of the difficulties that her illness has brought to you all . . . maybe the Mom you remember is the one “beneath the cracks” . . .


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