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 in New Jersey. She struggles with a host of mental health issues, including severe depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. She is grateful to have photography, and a loving husband and daughter who help her see color when she feels trapped in a world of black and gray.

About this photo: “There is nothing I treasure more than my daughter. What else can I say? She is my heart, my sunshine, and every other cliché in the book. I wish that I could be a ‘perfect’ mom for her. I wish I could be a ‘normal’ mom. But I can only be me… a very flawed and broken mom, who hopes that love is enough to compensate.


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14 responses to “My Greatest Treasure”

  1. The Crazy Crone Avatar

    What an absolutely beautiful photo. She is gorgeous.


  2. tlohuis Avatar

    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and I’m sure to her, you are PERFECT. Children don’t see anything other than perfect in their parents. We don’t choose to be blessed with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, ADHD, or any other mental health issues. Having a medical condition of the brain is no different than having a heart condition. I just wish society could understand this. I’m sure you’re amazing just the way you are. Happy Valentines Day!:)


  3. eLPy Avatar

    This is a very beautiful photo. Your choice of colors expresses your feelings very well. Her demeanor is thoughtful and innocent. Is she thinking of you just as you’re thinking of her?

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Ashley Lily Scarlett Avatar

    That’s just gorgeous. Beautiful image of a beautiful little girl.


  5. kriztyne Avatar

    you can’t be broken if you love your daughter that much. LOVE will compensate! you’re doing a great job there!!! God bless.


  6. celiactulabug Avatar

    Reblogged this on tulabugblog.


  7. Emily Avatar

    A real Valentine!


  8. Rachel Avatar

    Beautiful photo. I think all us mothers have things to compensate for, and all we have is love. You are doing the perfect thing by loving her, and the normal thing by being flawed. Thanks for letting us see your gorgeous photo!


  9. vastlycurious.com Avatar

    Such a sweet photo and the composition is wonderful !


  10. Daniel Mejias Avatar
    Daniel Mejias

    She is beautiful 🙂


  11. thevelveteenleah Avatar

    you’re child is adorable..children are the indeed great treasures. I too was clinically depressed for a period of time. good to know that there are sites like this. 🙂


    1. thevelveteenleah Avatar

      * your child is adorable / * children are indeed great treasures.


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