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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 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: “This is a picture of my children walking on the tidal causeway that leads to Elizabeth Castle, in Jersey, one of the Channel Islands.  The weather was terrible that day, the torrential rain obscuring our destination.  I waited for the moment when they left the apparent safety of the path and headed into nothingness.

‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Find more from Rachael at her website or her blog.


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16 responses to “Stepping Off the Path”

  1. Simon Hawketts Avatar

    Brilliant picture with great leading lines


  2. Bill Chance Avatar

    What a great photograph – the feeling of loneliness and foreboding is palpable.

    Thanks for finding it and sharing.


  3. livvy30 Avatar

    lovely shot!


  4. Madhu Avatar

    Stunning! I think the B&W enhances the feel.


  5. rjujy Avatar

    Incredibly beautiful photo, story and also the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I think what you are doing is a good work and thought provoking. Thanks.


  6. Harbin77 Avatar

    Great picture and some time you have to walk off the path so you don’t slip and fall on your backside.


  7. tuulimatilda Avatar

    Very beautiful picture. Immediately caught my eye while I was scrolling through my reader. To me it looked like they are walking on water, maybe leaving reality and walking into a dream.


  8. Rachael Avatar

    Thank you all. I am go glad you enjoy the image. Sometimes bad weather forces one into being creative!


  9. kitschings Avatar

    Beautiful picture. Good on you for still getting out with your kids despite your troubles. 🙂


  10. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    awesome photo and perfect with that quote!


  11. Amanda ♥ Unique So Chic Avatar

    I love this, such a beautiful scene! 🙂


  12. shredd111 Avatar

    Great image, i must say.


  13. sarahvercoeimages Avatar

    Gorgeous. Simple yet striking. Well done.


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  15. Rachael Avatar

    Thank you, everyone, for the encouraging comments!


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