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 Shelby Hall, a 22-year-old mother from Dallas, Texas. Before her boys were born, she had a difficult relationship with her now fiancé, in part due to his struggles with drug addiction. She suffered from depression through much of their early relationship as a result of being unable to cope. Loving someone with addiction can feel hopeless at times. She felt lost and unsure about who she was, and who she was trying to be. During that rough time in her life she found herself comforted and consoled by her photography. Shelby’s fiancé is now two years sober, and they are wonderfully happy parents. She loves having her photos to look back on. They read like a timeline and you can see the progressions and pitfalls through them all. They also serve as a reminder of how much stronger she and her fiancé are today.

About this photo: “I love this photograph. When I took it I felt I was finally in a better place, but I never wanted to forget where I had been. I wanted to remember every “hour.” I had never weathered a storm like the two years I spent fighting depression and anxiety, and I was so proud of where I was after spending so long in my hole. I wanted to always remember and remind myself how strong I am.

Find more from Shelby at her blog.


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8 responses to “Hours”

  1. Tina Schell Avatar

    So much said with no words. Lovely


  2. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    your writing and the photo reminds me of that old daytime soap…like sands through the hour glass these are the days of our lives. I know what you mean by being stuck in that hole of depression and anxiety. Been in that place far too often myself…and sitting on the edge of it again now.


  3. Les Petits Pas de Juls Avatar

    engaging truly beautiful picture. Cheers to a new life!


  4. suyashchopra Avatar

    Mesmerizing post. Stay blessed.


  5. Connie Hanks - ClickyChickCreates.com Avatar

    So much emotion – beautiful and lovely in light, color, gesture, scenery… all of it!


  6. maureenjenner Avatar

    True beauty cannot be suppressed.


  7. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Awesome. I like the old-fashioned photo look as well as the sand actually departing your hand.


  8. Julia's Fotoworld Avatar

    Great pic, very emotional… 🙂


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