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 first-time contributor Craig MacLean, a 49-year-old man living in Ontario, Canada. He is a film school graduate, where he was completely in his element, but after graduation he was never able to get the career he wanted in film, largely due to lack of confidence and low self-esteem. Several years later, while at work, he was in a robbery. Craig has struggled with PTSD ever since, as well as debilitating anxiety and depression. Photography is his outlet and his passion. He is self taught, and hopes that one day it will be a career as he defines his style and the subjects he wants to explore.

About this photo: “The title of my photo is: Let’s Talk About Depression. It came about after I had a conversation about depression with a fellow depression sufferer. The conversation empowered me to create this image, and to help encourage conversation. I am a strong believer in shattering the stigma of depression and other mental health issues.


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10 responses to “Let’s Talk About Depression”

  1. shoe1000 Avatar

    Thanks for the photo. Can I possibly use it on the blog I write for?


    1. Craig MacLean Avatar

      That’s fine with me. I’m glad you like it!


  2. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Great shot, Craig. Hang in there & don’t give up on your photography career dream . . . I would say to keep up the empowering conversations, man, as a primary means of reaching your goal(s)! . . .


    1. Craig MacLean Avatar

      Thanks! Today hasn’t been a good day, thankfully your words are very welcome!You’ve made my day!


  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    great image! conversation is most definitely important on the path to healing. My son and I walked in on a robbery of our apartment several years ago. That is a very violating feeling. all my intimate wear was strewn all over the room and all the jewelry that was left to me by my Mother was stolen. This month it will be 10 years since her death and I think 8 years since the robbery.


    1. Craig MacLean Avatar

      Hey Paula, thanks! In my case the robbery I was in was in 1999. I was diagnosed with PTSD within six months. However, it’s been the last three years, especially the past few months that have been the worst for me. Although therapy is great, the best experiences for me have been reaching out to others and being able to do it through my photography is an added bonus. All the best to you!


  4. aboynamedsuicide Avatar

    thank you, Craig, for the message you are sharing through your photography. i too am a passionate advocate for destroying the stigma of mental illness discussion. as i suffer through depression, i want nothing more than the opportunity to speak into this microphone, to tell the world what needs to be said but no one is saying.


    1. Craig MacLean Avatar

      Hey! The more voices the better! If you haven’t already, check out the video on You Tube by Kevin Breel, so far he’s summed it up better than anybody in my opinion. Follow your passions, continue to be creative, with persistence, the world will wake up!


  5. meticulousmick Avatar

    So Spot on Craig. excellent picture too. MM 🍀


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