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 first-time contributor Magic, a 27-year-old citizen of the planet, currently trying to find his place on earth so he can finally lay down his backpack. His mental health challenges began at the age of 11, when he was bullied. Since then, he has fought his way through anxiety, depression and body dysmorphic disorder. He uses poetry to scream and photography to calm down.

About the photo: “This photograph, which I call ‘Bordergeist,’ was my attempt at facing some of my greatest fears. Due to BDD I prefer to be on the other side of the camera. Without resorting to metaphors, I tried to capture the state of my body and mind during a panic attack.

Find more at his blog.


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8 responses to “Body Dysmorphia”

  1. abitjuakali Avatar

    This is beautiful.


  2. andreabehindglass Avatar

    This is really amazing! Thank you for sharing the picture.


  3. cancertraveler Avatar

    I am a professional photographer. I am an RN. I do have a son living with paranoid schizophrenia. Your site is beautiful.


  4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    What a nice photograph.


  5. Karen Avatar

    Pretty scary place to be. Thanks for this true picture of the fear.


  6. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    I totally get where you are at. Although I am now much older I have had BDD since about your age as well as depression and general anxiety disorder. I also have a son that was bullied about the same age as you were who also got hit by a car as a pedestrian and developed PTSD. Art is a wonderful way to help deal with the mess of feelings we have. Great photo.


  7. jmlindy422 Avatar

    This is a wonderful photo, though I’m sure it was difficult for you.


  8. blueribbonfair Avatar

    Looks to be healing and very creative. Wishing you the best and doing better.


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