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.

Photos taken by first-time contributor Katie Metcalfe, a 26-year-old freelance writer, editor, poet and crafter living in the North East of England, with hopes to move to Norway within the next few years. She has struggled with anorexia for over a decade, and currently lives with manic depression and psychosis, which she manages, the majority of the time, with heavy doses of medication, and even heavier doses of creative arts. Expressing herself through writing and photography is, she’s found, the very best therapy. She feels that creativity regularly saves her life.

About these photos: “‘Troll Portraits’ have multiple meanings for me. I look at them and I see what happens in my daily life, when my frantic, catastrophic thoughts become overwhelming, and I don’t know which way to turn. They’re also linked to a passion of mine that often pulls me up and out of my depressive states: Scandinavian folklore. They represent a contemporary version of the trolls I first encountered as a child.”


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8 responses to “Troll Portraits”

  1. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    interesting technique with the photos. I totally agree – art has helped save my life many times too.


  2. Judy Avatar

    Very cool photo! How did you do this?


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      As an aspiring photographer, I wonder if you would share as well. Photographic art vs. a representation of the naked eye.


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  4. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Cool, thanks, Katie . . . I agree that creativity as therapy is great!


  5. maureenjenner Avatar

    My daughter used to love those little Scandinavian trolls; endlessly twirling their long hair around her fingers; she found them comforting. .


  6. galleryoftheheart Avatar

    Nice image……………..


  7. lmarea3070 Avatar

    The last one is my favorite!


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