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 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: “This photograph represents my wish that people could see them like I do. The beauty in them. It is not what is on the outside, but inside is what counts. Beauty comes from the heart.”

Find more from Teija at her blog.

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21 responses to “Beauty Comes From the Heart”

  1. deepakrdash Avatar

    you are beautiful from outside and inside.Keep your heart always like that and you will get all the happiness..

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  2. laisschulz Avatar
    laisschulz

    Beautiful picture, and beautiful history! Hope she reach her dreams someday.

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  3. marcus dilano Avatar

    Beautiful blog post! Thanks for sharing..

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  4. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Great message & picture, Teija- hang in there! I’m sending you & your husband some positive vibrations from Richmond, Virginia, USA . . .

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Sam and all the to you too 🙂

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  5. Developing A New Image Avatar

    lovely time-piece look to this image….nice nice be blessed…jim

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  6. meticulousmick Avatar

    Once more an excellent contributor finding the therapeutic beauty in photography and the beauty around us all. MM 🍀

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  7. timethief Avatar

    I haven’t been commenting but I’m a drug-free depressive who is a big fan of this blog.

    What a wonderful image this one is. I visited Teija’s blog as well and now I’m following it too.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      timethief thank you ❤

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  8. Huw Thomas Avatar

    So evocative. Beautiful.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Huw 🙂

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  9. autisticaplanet Avatar
    autisticaplanet

    It sounds like you have a compassionate and selfless heart-what an inspiration. I love your photograph; there is lightness & hope in it as well as an awesome vintage look. I pray that God gives you His strength to keep on keeping on and that you have lots of supportive people to help you be there for both your boyfriend and yourself.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you so much!!!

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  10. Inside the Mind of Isadora Avatar

    We all go through difficulties that make us feel blue overcoming it is what showcases our strengths. Fabulous image with a great message.

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  11. Iksa Avatar

    Great post. Very nice photo.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Iksa 🙂

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  12. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    great photo and love what you had to say about it.

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    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Paula ❤

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