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 Kendra Kantor, a 22-year-old woman from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered from mental health issues for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. She loved photography as a young teen and after a break, which included dropping out of art school and becoming a mother, she is learning to love the camera again and use it as a wellness tool. Kendra has become a Wellness Mentor and Guide for creative women looking to embrace their self discovery and improve their mental health.

About this photo: “After I took this photograph I went home and wrote the following poem:

I am a new bud 

awaiting the sun,



Holding on so tight,

waiting for my turn to bloom.


I am the trunk of

a 100 year old tree. 

Ringed with stories & pain.

Strong & unbending


I am the whisper of


on your face.

Fleeting & ephemeral.

I am cooling & welcome.

I am the water in the river,

here & then gone.” 

Find more from Kendra at her website and blog.


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5 responses to “Ringed”

  1. ksfinblog Avatar

    its very intriguing


  2. chrisrenney Avatar

    Each ring an experience, each split an emotion.


  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    wonderful that you wrote about it. I seem to have a fascination with taking photos of trees and trunks and tangled limbs of trees etc.


  4. estrophoto Avatar

    it’s touching my soul.. loving poetry.. wow!


  5. luro97 Avatar

    Thank you so much for your words and photo. You must be an amazing mentor.


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