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 Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is working on making her dream a reality.

About this photo: “This is the Lone Ranger, a cat who seemed to want to be a tiger… somehow different than the others, going his/her own path, and not following anyone elses rules. I am kind of like that myself, a little rebel. Usually in my own mind, but photography has given me strength to start to do this in life too.

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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9 responses to “Lone Ranger”

  1. Kev Avatar

    What a beauty!


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  3. EvaUhu Avatar

    Great capture!


    1. moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Eva ❤


  4. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I pray your dream comes true. You certainly have an eye! where did you find this unique cat? It almost looks like a lynx (except the ears) or a bob-cat. Is this a wildcat? If so, what type & is it native to Finland? Thank you! 🙂


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