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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 Fleur Alston, a 42-year-old mother attempting to document her family through photography. One of her children suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. It makes her feel helpless as a parent to see her daughter suffer from very low self-esteem brought on by a severe bout of bullying she encountered when she was younger. Fleur wants to help her children see how beautiful they are through her photography.

About this photo: “This image of Oscar was inspired literally by the colour of the wheat and his hair. I wanted to make a connection between him and the landscape around him. There are a few photographs from this series but this to me is the most ambiguous, hopefully leaving the viewer to interpret it as they will, which is often a method I use in my practice. I like to pose questions rather than give answers, in this way the work is less documentation and perhaps more open to personal narratives, it means something to me but may mean something else entirely different to you.”


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19 responses to “In Fields of Gold”

  1. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Thanks, Fleur, for the great pic and story! . . .


  2. Son of Sharecroppers Avatar

    Great photo–and how sad that Ms. Alston and her daughter must deal with the bullying.


  3. Green Cathedral of South Africa Avatar

    Reblogged this on My Choice and commented:
    ‘Golden’ Picture!!!


    1. photomathon Avatar

      agree … “golden” pix !


  4. Developing A New Image Avatar

    beautiful image….may thanx for the share….en theos….jim


  5. 1createblogs Avatar

    thanks ! nice post !


  6. whimsylph Avatar

    Beautiful photo which leaves questions, as you say. The colours and lack of resolution wrt subject are ace here!


  7. Mark Kertesz Avatar

    Beautiful, love this perspective


  8. seeker Avatar

    What a beautiful photo and I am sorry for your child. May I use the picture in my future post credit to you?


  9. Mary Avatar

    Beautiful photograph. Thank you for sharing. In our interviews of parents of adult children who live with serious mental illness (for our project, Behind The Wall), it is often the case that a parent feels helpless. But there is hope, especially with supportive loved ones and effective treatment.

    Thank you for this post!


  10. Brian Comeau Avatar

    Beautiful image. I like your photographic philosophy too.


  11. vastlycurious.com Avatar

    What a moving glorious photograph!


  12. maureenjenner Avatar

    Beautiful picture emanating from a sad theme, but the result has even greater impact with the revelation of the cause. It takes courage to reveal one’s innermost secrets: this sounds like a wonderful mother; may she and her child gain strength and mutual happiness.


  13. Steve Lakey Avatar

    A beautiful photograph made all the more poignant by the background to this project.


  14. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    wonderful photo. So sorry about the anxiety and panic brought about by bullying. My younger son has PTSD from being hit by a car as a pedestrian but we moved 18 months ago and although that end of it calmed down there was an ijncrease in issues due to bullying so I totally understand the pain you are feeling watching your child go thru this.


  15. Inside Space Design Avatar

    I love this photo! Thanks for sharing!


  16. mtphotoii Avatar

    This is just beautiful!!

    It is very nice when we can show someone how beautiful they are through photography : )

    – Michael


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