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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 Aaron Fiska 32-year-old Combat Infantryman from Anchorage, Alaska. He has been managing PTSD for 10 years using photography and cinematography. Getting out into the wilderness also helps him put life into perspective. 

About this photo: “My nephew joined me on this hike through Kincaid Park and I took this as he was staring out into the Cook Inlet.

Everything is big up here. Whether you’re climbing a 4000-6000 foot peak or driving hundreds of miles to get to the next town, it is hard not to ponder on life. I just rather do it here, amongst giants.

Find more from Aaron at his photography blog.


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7 responses to “Alaskan Expanse”

  1. chrisrenney Avatar

    I wish you peace and thank you for the image you have posted.


  2. haddyism Avatar

    PTSD sucks I hate it


  3. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I appreciate your photo…AND your service to our country.


  4. compostingwords Avatar

    I’m glad you have found some solace in nature and photography. Beautiful photo!


  5. Laurie Merritt Photography Avatar

    Headed to AK for the very first time this coming Aug. Can’t wait. Would love to get thoughts on if you have favorite spots on the Kenai, Aaron! Lovely photo and one of my FB friends writes a lot about PTSD. Keep up your photography!


  6. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    Your photo is stunning. My 15 year old suffers from PTSD from a car accident where he was hit as a pedestrian. No fun. He just finished reading Into the Wild and I think he longs to go to Alaska. It looks beautiful but I don’t deal well with cold with my many health issues. I would have to come during the season with loads of daylight as light also effects my depression.


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