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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 Teija, a 35-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back together. She found love after getting out of hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed last Christmas Eve morning. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is drifting, taking care of her man, and hoping that the day will come that she can start doing photography professionally.

About this photo: “This picture means to me that journey we all feel like we are taking sometimes. Life seems filled with troubles and you feel like you could just escape from everything, and after a while you notice that you just want to go back, that escaping is not the answer. Or the journey can be that struggle inside your soul and mind. And after you get your feelings straight, mind is calm, you feel like you have taken the Long road home..” 

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22 responses to “Long Road Home”

  1. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    Great photo! Love the blue tint to the B&W photo.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      Paula, thank you ❤ I do not often use that blue tint, but it fitted here 🙂

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  2. Bipolar Nana (@bipolarnana1) Avatar

    Absolutely beautiful photograph! I know what it is like to love someone who is paralyzed. I was a caregiver to a dear friend, who became a quadriplegic after a card accident, for a year.I know what daily life is like, for you and your loved one. It’s a difficult, challenging, and often heartbreaking situation that cannot be truly understood unless you have experienced it yourself. I wish you love and strength, and please take more pictures. It only takes one photo to see your gift! Peace of Mind & Love to You! Nana

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      Nina, thank you for telling your story, it gives me so much strength to keep going ❤ It is sometimes really hard to even tell and try to explain what all you go through in situation like this. But one day at the time, we try to keep going and hoping for brighter future ❤
      Teija

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  3. M V Schulze Avatar

    Nice, powerfull yet simplistic image. Thanks

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you MV 🙂

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  4. Leah Givens Avatar

    Beautiful image and wonderful story. My thoughts are with you and your partner, that things will work out for the better.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Leah, we try to stay positive, and my partner keeps telling me that he will walk again ❤ He is much stronger than me sometimes.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you thehappyhugger ❤ Love you nick by the way 🙂

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  5. EvaUhu Avatar
    EvaUhu

    beautiful image, just the kind that draws me in… just keep on taking such great pictures! wishing the two of you strength, courage and hope!

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Eva for your kind words ❤

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  6. lomoherz Avatar

    This is so peace- and beautiful.

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  7. oneobserving Avatar

    This is beautiful. You must continue with your photography. I wish you and your partner gentle passage on all your journeys to come.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you, and I will try to keep going with photography too ❤

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  8. aundriaabf99 Avatar
    aundriaabf99

    Reblogged this on Aundria blog and commented:
    Nice photo.

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  9. Andrzej Dąbrówka Avatar

    As long as he guitar is not thrown away, there is still hope.

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