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 Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “this photograph represents those moments when you finally have peace and you just float. for me, water is a calming agent, soothing my mind.”


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5 responses to “Staying Afloat”

  1. tutugoncom Avatar

    I love the picture..and nice to vist your blog


  2. maureenjenner Avatar

    A great concept, beautifully presented.


  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    interesting photo! I find water a very calming influence also but never looked at the floating aspect. I love the sounds of it.


  4. zaidatawneh Avatar

    The water drop is a very soft and week creature but has the secrets of life… keep going like her.


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