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 say a warm hello to a first-time contributor. He is a 62-year-old man who has a lifelong history of depression. He is currently going through a particularly rough patch.

About this photo: Unable to confront myself, my shadow reels in the turmoil, confusion and pain of its depression, relentless and inescapable.”

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27 responses to “Unable to Confront Myself”

  1. dannymejias Avatar

    Very strong image, very strong words. Most definitely coming from a very strong individual. Nice job.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Strong? If only… :-(. Thanks for the kind words though!

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  2. lauramacky Avatar

    An image with so much outward expression of everything inside. Amazing!

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thanks – this image continues to speak to me too.

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      1. lauramacky Avatar

        You’re welcome. Art is so wonderful for that. 😀

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  3. Jeanette Clawson Avatar

    Thank you for sharing your depression with us. That may sound like an odd thing to say, but I am finding my depression lightened by this shared space and I hope you do too

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Not odd at all. This is a unique place and I understand what you mean.

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  4. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    The photo really gets across what it feels like. Thanks.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thanks.

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  5. Robert S Johnson Avatar

    Excellent image. Really good work.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thank you!

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  6. Emily Avatar
    Emily

    I don’t even know how to express what I feel about this powerful image. I believe that art should jolt your sensory system, leaving you different than you were before you viewed it. This photo does that to me.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Wow – that really makes me feel good. This image keeps calling me back and speaks so much to me too. Thanks for the positive feedback!

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  7. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    Powerful and expressive shot.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thank you!

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  8. Richard Avatar
    Richard

    Thanks to everybody for the extremely kind and supportive words. This was my first “public exposure” in social media about my depression. The comments are heartwarming and greatly appreciated. – Richard

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  9. tinyfrogs Avatar

    Wow, that’s a really good pic. Good capture of the consuming, anchorless, draining feeling of deep depression.
    How did you do it?

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thanks! Well, I’m standing in the ocean in shallow water and a lot of the turbulence is due to the water itself kicking up the sand as it was coming in or rolling out. I shot this with a camera (Olympus TG-1) which has built in effects filters, and I was using the “dramatic” filter which adds a grunge type look. Then I accentuated the look in Lightroom as a final step.

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      1. tinyfrogs Avatar

        Excellent work! Thanks for the explanation.

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  10. Nelson Avatar
    Nelson

    Strong image that says a lot

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thank you!

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  11. Son of Sharecroppers Avatar
    Son of Sharecroppers

    Marvelous image. My heart goes out to the artist.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thanks so much.

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  12. Susan Thompson Avatar
    Susan Thompson

    A profoundly expressive image; so beautiful and so evocative of the confusion and lost feelings of depression. There is great luminosity and strength in this image. Thank you for sharing from deep within your own story.

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    1. Richard Avatar
      Richard

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate your kind words. I was really excited about this image as it evolved, for the exact reasons you describe. It still blows me away a bit.

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  13. eLPy Avatar

    Very intriguing. It’s ironic that you express how you’re unable to deal with your inner life and yet in this image you’re glowing, you have an aura! It’s a great message that perhaps we’re often missing the inner glow that really does live within us and is often radiating out.

    Thanks for sharing this,
    eLPy

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