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 Rachael Talibart, a photographer based in Surrey, England. She has always enjoyed photography, but when she started to suffer chronic pain it became more than a hobby/occupation. Taking photographs became a way for her to cope with her pain. She used it as a mindfulness tool, a way of focusing on the now, and on things outside of herself instead of pain or other troubles. When she is taking a picture, she is thinking only of what she is seeing and making. This allows her to notice things that she might otherwise have missed, and those things not only distract from pain but lead to other things, and so the creativity snowballs. When she is not making images, she is a student of literature, and has just completed her MA. Thus she has found herself wanting to put words to her images. She accompanies each piece by a quotation that she hopes expresses something of the feeling that she was trying to convey visually.

About this photo: “I call this photograph ‘Into the Labyrinth.’ I was trying in this and many of my photos to express the idea of a journey that is often daunting, but hopeful too.

‘I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.‘ -Rosalia de Castro”


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8 responses to “Into the Labyrinth”

  1. valzart Avatar

    Thank you for this info & beauty :~} Valz ♥


  2. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Certainly would love to jump into this picture: thanks Rachael! I love the way you use photography as a means to mindfulness & creativity . . .


  3. Andre Mazerolle Avatar

    Reblogged this on Insightful Counsel and commented:
    Mindfulness is a challenge for me. I’m learning more and more about it, especially its clinical uses as it relates to issues such as depression or chronic pain. In short, mindfulness is about being present. When I saw this photograph, it stopped me in my tracks. It made me mindful. Thank you Rachael Talibart


  4. travelingaround50 Avatar

    Beautiful! More than beautiful! Love it.


  5. vastlycurious.com Avatar

    What a magical place!


  6. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    wonderful photo and great quote to describe not only the photo but life as well.


  7. littlecrazyart Avatar

    It’s very beautiful!! I love it!!!^^


  8. Rachael Avatar

    So glad you like this image. The running girl is my daughter. 🙂


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