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 Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. Kait’s primary diagnosis recently changed from Major Depression to Bipolar Disorder. She has also struggled with anxiety and disordered eating. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing. Her primary mediums are poetry and photography, though she has also been known to dabble in printmaking and other genres of writing. She seeks to understand her experiences and to connect with others through her art.

About this photo: “Burning my life to the ground, forest fire-style, so I can build something better. “I’m trying” became my mantra. But after the mania, always the crash. I was Eros & Thanatos, I held both spirits within me.

Find more from Kait at kaitmauro.com and her flickr.


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8 responses to “Crashing Down”

  1. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Kait……..nice image, love the shallow focus…..good effort..j


  2. scribusequus Avatar

    “…after the mania, always the crash…” isn’t that the truth.


  3. eLPy Avatar

    Nice picture. I like the grace in your pose in conjunction with your outfit and ballerina shoes. And yet crashing is hardly graceful, plus the cigarette throws some more irony into the mix. Overall it’s a beautiful image.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. glanceobservecapture Avatar

    beautiful image, love the balance of delicate and tough. X


  5. EvaUhu Avatar

    love the posture… great image, thanks for sharing!


  6. Queenie Avatar

    I would say that this picture is me! Tired, exhaustion, despair, wanting to hide, collapse, with my shoes caring me on! Great picture! X


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