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 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: “For me there are very few things as calming and wonderful as a quiet walk in nature at dawn, when the beauty of the surroundings really remind me of the wonderfulness of this world. Every step on that path took me to new beautiful sights.

Find more from Johanna at her Flickr.


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13 responses to “Forest Of Surreal”

  1. John Avatar

    Great photo!!

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  3. gianca Avatar

    Reblogged this on O C T A G O N.


  4. joegergen Avatar

    Wonderful. It makes me want to both walk the path and to leave the path. There is wonder in both the safe and the adventurous.


  5. sheketechad Avatar

    Beautifully captured.


  6. Sharon Loh Avatar

    It looks misty!


  7. Rajiv Avatar

    So very surreal…


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  9. seeker Avatar

    Your collections of photos are well done. What a talent and use this illness for your creative mind.


  10. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    beautiful photo! What an interesting path. It looks like a boardwalk running through. Great to not be slipping in the mud for those of us clumsy folk. LOL!


  11. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Great black & white, has an Ansel Adams outdoors in nature look. The light filtration is great.


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