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 Danielle who has battled severe depression on and off for many years, as well as insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and more. She enjoys writing and taking photos through her many ups and downs.

About this photo: “I took this photograph of a woman I love dearly. The “veins” were created using photos I had taken of trees during my travels. Some alive, some dead. The combination represents what life with mental illness feels like to me. Sometimes, like nature, it can beautiful, vibrant, and full of life, while other times, it feels like roots are twisted around my insides, constricting me, until I can barely breathe. It also shows how someone’s appearance on the outside, does not always show what is going on inside.


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6 responses to “Juxtaposition”

  1. Reserved Love Avatar

    I love the honesty in the photo’s description.


  2. Bastet Avatar

    Nice composition…very interesting!


  3. eLPy Avatar

    Beautiful art. Ironically I wrote a poem about a forest inside of me. I like your notion of the trees being like veins. Good work!



  4. poemcollision Avatar

    amazing! thanks a lot for sharing and being so honest : -)


  5. lauramacky Avatar

    I love the photo and it’s meaning.


  6. ag Avatar

    Very well done!


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