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.

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 25-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery story, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud. She still struggles with anxiety but making art helps her talk about it and manage it. She started a 365 photography project to ensure that she’d be doing what brings her joy every single day. She has noticed that her anxiety level is much lower if she spends time with her camera every day.

About this photo: “I felt so many things as I created this image. Sometimes, when I feel really connected to a location or concept, I get really anxious that I won’t be able to portray exactly what I had in mind. When I felt the anxiety to use this location thoughtfully creeping over me, I threw all caution to the wind and laid down on this beautiful mossy bank. I can see so many different facets in the final result and it speaks to me in so many different ways. I hope others can find their own story here, as well.

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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9 responses to “Throwing Caution To The Wind”

  1. Mind Style Avatar

    Ethereal & Haunting.
    This is beautiful


  2. Amy Pinkrose Avatar

    This just speaks to my heart in ways I cannot put into words. Wow. Love, Amy


  3. andreabehindglass Avatar

    This is such a beautiful picture!


  4. samanthapugsley Avatar

    Reblogged this on Samantha Pugsley and commented:
    Back on Broken Light today!


  5. tigersfoot Avatar

    graceful, a bit eerie and beautiful at the same time


  6. George Weaver Avatar

    Lovely photograph.


  7. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    looks like you came up out of the water.


  8. Rhys Jones Avatar

    Lovely photo, and I like the way the dress slips over the edge of the bank giving the impression of danger.


  9. hitendrasinhz Avatar

    This is just a lovely picture.


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