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.

Please welcome first-time contributor Tara, a mom in her mid-30’s who struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues have always played a role in her life, beginning in childhood with a schizophrenic relative, and later another close family member struggling with incorrectly treated depression and anxiety. Tara never realized that mental health issues affected her photography until she began to build up a portfolio. She started noticing themes of brokenness, imperfection, and desolation throughout her work.

About these photos:

“My routine takes me past this abandoned house four times a day.

Four times a day, I wonder about it.  I wonder about its history, who lived there, why they left, why no one takes care of it now.

The sun rises on it each morning and sets on it each night.  Is the house sad, or angry, or content with its fate?  Is it silly to wonder about things like this?

I don’t know how to find out this house’s story, and that frustrates me.  It feeds my imagination to make up bits and pieces of it each time I pass, four times a day.

If walls could talk…”

More from Tara at her blog.


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5 responses to “Abandoned”

  1. drew delaney Avatar

    Why are we all filled with anxiety these days? I really wonder. Good for Tara to be writing about her feelings. I think it helps. It does me, I know.


  2. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Tara….wonderful expression of words on your wonder. I thought I was the only one who had these thoughts about abandoned buildings, homes, cars and places….welcome to broken light, I personally never feel broken when I am here….en theos…j


  3. Tara Avatar

    Thank you for the kind welcome. I am better able to express myself through pictures and written words, so it’s my outlet when I can’t talk to people easily face to face.


  4. eLPy Avatar

    Good job. I’m glad that you have found this outlet. I like that this picture kind of melts into the background in a painting like way. I wonder if you could look the address up online or in county records. I too share your questions about abandoned houses. I’ve worked in foreclosed homes and wondered what the story was behind the house, the people, their lives.

    Thanks for sharing!


  5. Kendell Linh Avatar

    Wow, your words really made your photographs of the abandoned house come to life. For a moment you placed your heart into the core of that abandoned house allowing it to feel the rhythm of yours. Very well done.


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