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 first-time contributor Lisa, a 34-year-old woman from South Carolina who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Lisa is learning how to manage life with bipolar, anxiety and chronic pain. She uses photography to help cope and started a photography blog, A Shutterbug’s Solace, to share a few of her favorite photos.

About these photos: “When I’m outside taking photos many times I look skyward!  I see tall trees and a clear, vibrant blue sky. Looking closely at nature reminds me to keep moving forward in my life and recovery. These pictures are of magnolia flowers from my front yard.

The different stages of a flower is much like bipolar cycling moods:  

-A new bud closed up and waiting. 

-Opening up, blooming, pretty even with all her tears. 

-Flourishing even when fading. 

-Falling apart to bud and bloom yet again.

Even though at times I feel like I’m a mixed up mess ~ I trust that I will bloom again!”

Find more from Lisa at her blog.


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15 responses to “I Will Bloom Again”

  1. prionsias Avatar

    You have a good eye….these are beautiful shots!


  2. ksfinblog Avatar

    rise gain…… like a phoenix


  3. lcsoup Avatar

    Thanks so much! I’m very excited to see this post 🙂


  4. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    these are absolutely STUNNING!!! I love all the teeny tiny detail!


  5. luro97 Avatar

    Brilliant work! Welcome to the Broken Light community.


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      I echo those sentiments!


  6. bigbird34 Avatar

    Beautiful! Love the one with the drops.


  7. E.D. Avatar

    gorgeous photos.. love them. thanks so much. eve


  8. lcsoup Avatar

    So glad you all enjoyed and I will have to submit again sometime! Sharing on a collective blog has helped me 😉


  9. Erwin Avatar

    The reflexions in the water drops are amazing.


  10. lcsoup Avatar

    Thanks – I almost cropped that one in more, but just couldn’t hide any of the drops.


  11. lcsoup Avatar

    Reblogged this on lcsoup's walk today and commented:
    Last couple weeks have been tough for various reasons… Loved the surprise of having my photos featured on Broken Light’s blog. Lately when I’m feeling discouraged I find myself glancing at this post ~ I will bloom again. Such a nice thought! Funny how my own words encourage myself 😉 I’m already using another flower as my blooming subject.


  12. drew delaney Avatar

    You know?’I will bloom again’ just jumped out at me like lightning. I must remember that often. I hope you feel better soon icsoup. One step at a time. Hugs!


  13. Para-Penghuni-RecycleBin Avatar

    Reblogged this on katadalamketik and commented:
    Hello Lisa..


  14. Emilio Pasquale Avatar
    Emilio Pasquale

    Always enjoy your work. But the one with the drops is just amazing!


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