Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Please welcome first-time contributor Sarah, a 21-year old student who has struggled with generalized anxiety for most of her life and panic attacks since the beginning of college. She has long used photography as a way to focus and calm herself during panic, as well as a spiritual practice. She is inspired by the work of Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan monk who uses photography as a supplement to his meditation practice. Sarah is now considering pursuing photography as a profession after college.

About this photo: “‘Transcendence’ is a street photo taken in Saint Paul, Minnesota in October 2013. This is my favorite photo that I’ve taken. It’s an image of the area underneath a dirty bridge in urban Saint Paul, but somehow the beautiful light and colors point upward and suggest a heavenly quality. It’s transcendence – out of the mundane can come pure beauty. It’s a metaphor for my experience – out of mental suffering can come deep wisdom and strength.

Find more from Sara at her photography site and her spiritual blog.


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4 comments on “Transcendence

  1. forgiveness for wanderers
    January 6, 2014

    Reblogged this on forgiveness for wanderers and commented:
    Just want to share this…I’m contributing to Broken Light Collective, a collective for photographers who have experienced mental illness.


  2. Paula McLane Jennings
    January 7, 2014

    love the colors and your metaphor for it.


  3. rainbowspinnaker
    January 8, 2014

    The power of nature to grow something beautiful in the urban environment still amazes and sustains me. Thank you for this image of beauty and strength.


  4. bluebrightly
    January 9, 2014

    I love this, Sarah, and I like that you’re inspired by scenes like this, and by Ricard. Fabulous photograph! Keep working!


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