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: “Nimble Hands I shot for my fiancé, even though he doesn’t know it. When we first began seeing each other, it was a feeling I’ll never be able to explain. He was a whirlwind that picked me up and ran with me. Even with how hard we had to fight for our relationship, it was something I would never give up. I always felt as though I couldn’t hold him with my “nimble hands.” I couldn’t help him, and that was all that I wanted to do.

Find more from Shelby at her blog.


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4 responses to “Nimble Hands”

  1. Rajiv Avatar

    I follow this blog because these photos are very interesting. They go deep


  2. sheketechad Avatar

    Such warm portraiture in your blog!


  3. Erika with a K Avatar

    What a great photo that is deeply enhanced by the story behind it. I am happy Shelby and her fiancé were able to work through their troubles because that is often not the case. I myself was married to and had kids with a drug addict, but unfortunately I fell prey to those temptations myself and our relationship did not work out. It is nice to see a “happy ending”. Thanks for sharing!


  4. marcus dilano Avatar

    Another wonderfull artist discovered!


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