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: “There are rare occasions when I don’t shoot a self portrait. For this, I needed to step outside of myself to convey the message. I wanted to show the beauty in contrasts and differences. Contrast them as you will – death and life, dark and light, struggle and healing, two sides of the same person. I truly believe there’s a story here for everyone just as I believe everyone has their own story that’s worth telling.”

Find more from Samantha at her website or flickr.


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11 responses to “Dark and Light”

  1. Phoenix Tears Healed Avatar
    Phoenix Tears Healed

    This is very beautful 🙂


  2. vmtran Avatar

    Love the contrast…beautiful pic! 🙂


  3. andreabehindglass Avatar

    This is stunning! Thank you! 🙂


  4. Andrea Payne-Schaefer Avatar

    Reblogged this on The Andrea Project and commented:


  5. Leah Givens Avatar

    Gorgeous contrast.


  6. mishunderstood Avatar

    Very creative…love the background. 🙂


  7. bigbird34 Avatar

    Wow! I just looked at your flickr page, you are very talented.


  8. marcus dilano Avatar

    This is fantastic work. Danielle, just have to say I love your blog. I have been introduced to quite a few fantastic photographers and I have become friends with two of them. The artist’s work that you continue to display really inspire creativity. I hope you continue bringing light to these talented artists that I otherwise may not have come across. 🙂


  9. luro97 Avatar

    Wonderful work! The entire composition is superb.


  10. Jeff Avatar

    Love this!!


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