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 Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “Themes of being trapped run rampant in my work. Anixety feels like that to me, like being perpetually trapped. Sometimes it’s easier to just wrap myself up in something physical because it makes more sense to fight something tangible. I often use my photography concepts as a way to understand the anxiety I feel. I create my own circumstance to deal with the complex emotions in my mind.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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15 responses to “Trapped by Anxiety”

  1. It's all about a bit of this and that. Avatar
    It’s all about a bit of this and that.

    Very powerful and poignant image. x


  2. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Nice concept and image. I am going to be wiping non-existent spider webs off my body all day…….sweet……j


  3. meticulousmick Avatar

    The image says it all. MM 🍀


  4. Nelson Avatar

    Very impressive


  5. Richard Avatar

    Kudos for this excellently crafted image. It really conveys being trapped and “scarefully” so. Plus. it is so beautifully done. Nice work!


  6. embracethecontradictions Avatar

    This photograph is brilliant! You should be very proud of your work.


  7. Emily Kae Hancock Avatar

    This is so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.


  8. eLPy Avatar

    That’s really powerful both the photo and your description. It’s ironic because you look like you could be the spider and yet you’re trapped in the web such a true statement all around about what anxiety is like, you’re trapped in your own web.



  9. yinda1992 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Oyinda Abiose – Photomedia/Independant Project and commented:
    I have reblogged this photo because it expresses a sense of entrapment that I have not yet looked into. I would love to create a image using material like this photographer has expressing the feeling of restriction that may be experienced when feeling depressed of anxious.


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