Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has been diagnosed with bipolar II. She struggles with the ups and downs associated with her illness — depression, hypomania, anger, anxiety —  as well as balancing life as a wife and mother.

About this photo: “There’s something about a library that feels very antiquated, and yet there’s such comfort to be found inside those walls. I had driven past the library in my town hundreds of times over the past five years, but I never had gone inside. I finally took my daughter for the first time recently, and it was as if time had stopped when I was a child. That same musky smell greeted me as I walked in the door. The same classic books and characters surrounded me. And I instantly felt that I could be transported from my life and any troubles to exciting new worlds.

I hope that I can tap back into that magic, and that I can help my daughter discover it too.


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8 comments on “Inside

  1. Veronica Roth
    March 14, 2014

    I really love coming around to view your Friday photos. I always see such bravery and light. 😀


  2. moondustwriter
    March 14, 2014

    perfect. the imagination has so many places to explore in a library


  3. caliroe
    March 14, 2014

    thank you for this photo… it transported me back to calm, wonderful memories!


  4. Ellen
    March 14, 2014

    Love libraries – especially the kids section!


  5. littlesunshiners
    March 14, 2014

    I love what you are doing already (:


  6. gerl1202student
    March 15, 2014

    Reblogged this on gerl1202student.


  7. Paula McLane Jennings
    March 21, 2014

    fun photo! I go to the library periodically but haven’t been to the children’s section in the one we live near now as my kids are gorwn. I’ll have to take a look see in it next time I’m there.


  8. imaginarytree
    March 25, 2014

    Your photograph represents rediscovery for many people. One can get lost in libraries for in them lies a world of imagination.


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