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 Daniel, a 48-year-old man of Puerto Rican decent who currently lives in Burlington, New Jersey. He was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia in 2007, but had been suffering for at least 10 yrs before that. Photography has been his primary method of coping since he was a teen. He feels that the photos he takes have meaning and help him on his journey.

About this photo: “This particular photo is a representation of sorts, of how tribes used to believe that they would lose their soul/spirt if their photo was taken. It also represents for me, those moments when the voices start talking and I am trying to at least control them.


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8 responses to “Stolen Soul”

  1. Sam Spencer Avatar

    Thanks, Daniel! . . .


  2. Daniel Mejias Avatar
    Daniel Mejias

    You are very welcome, I’ll post more soon!


  3. Daniel Sparling Avatar

    It took me a second look to see the other faces, I’m glad I did look again. Nice photo.


  4. autisticaplanet Avatar

    It takes a good photographer’s eye to communicate in one image what could be described in a photograph. I love this self portrait. I was more drawn to the Nikon & trying to find out the model #. I had to look for the face after reading the comment. I very much like this photo. I can see what I think is both pain & determination on your face. God Bless & keep contributing.


    1. dannymejias Avatar

      It’s a Nikon D7000 w/Nikor 18-55 ED VR kit lens. It shoots well. I’m still exploring the menus.


  5. albalilianasanchez Avatar

    “They’ve drummed the miraculous out of you, but you don’t want it to be like that. You want the miraculous. You want everything to still be new.”


  6. Danny Mejias Avatar

    Thanks for all of the wonderful feedback. I can’t wait to start digging into all of the photos, they will be awesome and inspirational. Thanks!


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