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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 Johanna, a 36-year-old guidance counselor from Finland. She has family members and friends who have suffered or continue to suffer from mental health challenges, such as severe depression and bipolar disorder. Many of her students also have different kinds of mental health issues and as a guidance counselor it is her job to try to help them, for example by creating personalized study plans to support their recovery to full health. She also hopes to one day start using the method of Empowering Photography (developed in Finland by Miina Savolainen) in her work. Johanna enjoys photographing nature and her everyday surroundings, as well as music photography.

About this photo: “This photo was taken just moments after sunrise, when the birds were only just awakening and I was the only human around, probably for miles. The image does no justice to the actual feeling of being in that moment, just listening to the silence, drinking in the beauty. My soul was at ease, my energy levels recharging.”

Find more from Johanna at her Flickr.


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15 responses to “Listen To The Silence”

  1. Crooked Tracks Avatar
    Crooked Tracks

    Nice composition.


  2. mnussbaumer Avatar

    Beautiful capture.


  3. suej Avatar

    Lovely light, great moment…


  4. travelscapism Avatar

    Wonderful photo – my favorite time of day when the mist is still hanging on the hills of the early morning. Great mood.


  5. mithriluna Avatar

    Oh wow, just gorgeous.


  6. Ninna Avatar

    How absolutely wonderful! I can easily imagine the feeling, the scent, the sound of silence, and how the air feels against the skin


  7. imaginarytree Avatar

    A lovely photograph. Thank you for your description of being in that moment.


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  9. Johanna Ahonen Avatar
    Johanna Ahonen

    Thank you all for your comments! 🙂 I’m glad I’ve been able to capture some of the feeling of the moment into the image and share it with you all.


  10. Dalo 2013 Avatar

    Wonderful shot, the lighting/mist/glow of the beginning of the day…just beautiful.


  11. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    incredibly atmospheric


  12. photographywardrobe Avatar

    WOW, that is a wonderful photograph, I absolutely love how peaceful it looks. The nature looks all… “sleepy”! 🙂


  13. bluebrightly Avatar

    A beautiful photo, and I love your Flickr page. I bet you do great work with the students.


  14. luro97 Avatar

    Thank you for the wonderful photo. Love the stillness. So peaceful.


  15. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    absolutely stunning!


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