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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 36-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 on track. She found love after getting out of the 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: “Calmness” is what I want in life, and should be something that everyone should have in life. Little dark picture, but I hope it gives that peace for others that it gives to me.

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32 responses to “Calmness”

  1. johncoyote Avatar

    Thank you for the beautiful photo and the story of the woman. Calmness is needed for the all of us.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you John 🙂

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  2. RJ Silva Avatar

    Incredible photograph! I love how the story behind it frames it so beautifully. I hope Teija and her boyfriend are doing better now.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you RJ, we are feeling bit better now, but long way to go with learning and building the new life. 🙂

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  3. onthetear Avatar

    Touching story. Best of luck to Teija and her partner. Like the photo, but can’t press like button under sad stories, cause of my perception of like button.

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  4. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    I find water very peaceful also.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      it is somehow very peaceful ❤

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  5. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    Absolutely beautiful. A sense of freedom in this, too.

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  6. Developing A New Image Avatar

    peace to you, thanx for the share….j

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      peace to you too ❤

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  7. Syncopated Eyeball Avatar

    It’s a beautiful image, and yes, calm.

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  8. Leah Givens Avatar

    Beautiful, calm…I wish you both all the best.

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  9. mhdriver Avatar

    Nothing but best for the rest of your lives. Great photo -calming.

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  10. mishunderstood Avatar

    This is beautiful. I wish you contentment in your heart. 🙂

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  11. Amar Naik Avatar
    Amar Naik

    great photo. all the best to rebuild your life. my best wishes.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Amar ❤

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  12. glanceobservecapture Avatar

    Stunning and calm. Love this! x

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  13. aslansfriend Avatar

    captivating. whoosh! may God enter your life and you experience peace like none other.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you so much ❤

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  14. Michael56j Avatar

    Well done, Teija.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Michael!

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  15. lauramacky Avatar

    I did mean to comment on this story. This really hit home as I’ve fought depression for years. My prayers go out to the both of them.

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  16. moodphototeija Avatar

    Laura, thank you ❤ I pray for you too and hope life is getting better there.

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