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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 Richard in Upstate New York. He’s a 63-year-old man who has suffered from severe depression throughout his life. He is currently going through a particularly lengthy rough patch.

About this photo: “This is a close-up taken of a fire in our fireplace, this image captures the dread and horror I sometimes feel when convinced the pain and depression will never end. Post production was done in Lightroom to enhance the image and bring out the face I hope is apparent.

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10 responses to “The Never Ending Horror”

  1. Susan Thompson Avatar
    Susan Thompson

    Richard, the face in this image is beyond words. I have seen this face and I have felt it, worn it, but you have captured, even with your words of description, how depression does create “dread and horror.” Courage is in the naming and in your own creativity and sharing. The glimmer of courage for me is not the fight or the struggle. It is in the peacemaking I must do daily with all that doesn’t reconcile. I bid you peace, deep peace and blessing. Thank you for sharing from the depth of your own path.

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    1. Richard Avatar

      Susan – I cried reading your comment to know it touched another person in the same way. Also to feel your courage and where it comes from, that was inspiring and an alternative I’d never thought of, peacemaking, wow. Thanks for that, a totally different way to deal with this craziness, I’ll try to hold onto that. – Richard

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  2. mvschulze Avatar

    Amazing shot. awe, and deeper thought inspiring. Nice.

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  3. samanthapugsley Avatar
    samanthapugsley

    This is so incredible. I know you’ve touched so many people by sharing this. I and so many others here can really connect with this.

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  4. rkpowers Avatar

    …and now the Phoenix may rise from the ashes…

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  5. Tara Avatar

    A very expressive image.

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  6. danesegrandfield Avatar

    Richard, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. How brave you are to share during such a rough time. The photo speaks…please keep shooting.

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  7. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    that is a truly amazing photo. I have had major depressive disorder most of my life. I totally understand where you are coming from. Prayers that you will find some relief and peace soon.

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  8. bluebrightly Avatar

    It’s a beautiful composition – I hope that cheers you just a little bit.

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  9. chrisrenney Avatar

    This is the most amazing image and thank you for sharing it with us.

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