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 Brandon Halley, a 20-year-old fine art photography student from St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon suffers from severe anxiety and depression, and is currently in recovery from self-harm. Realizing that photography/digital art was the only way he knew how to relieve stress in a healthy manner, he started doing it more often in hopes of being noticed and making a living off of it, all while improving himself personally.

About this photo: “I am currently on summer break back home from college and do not have a job. I’ve always wanted to make money making photographs and that’s really what I have been trying to do (and actually, doing quite well with it so far.) It is really stressful, but at the same time I have a sense of being free because once I get a few photo jobs I know I can still eat for the next week or two, and get where I need to be. Ultimately, this photo is just reflecting on current feelings, being free, relaxed happy , and motivated to make money from doing what I enjoy the most.”

Find more from Brandon at his website.


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24 responses to “Birds of a Feather”

  1. lauramacky Avatar

    Very creative! Nice Brandon…keep doing what you love!


    1. Brandon Halley Avatar

      I plan on it =)


  2. Erika with a K Avatar

    Awesome Brandon! Your work is amazing. I revel everyday in the power of art to heal. 🙂


    1. Brandon Halley Avatar

      It really is a wonderful thing.


  3. suej Avatar

    Great image, Brandon….keep up the good work!


  4. SwittersB Avatar

    creative and cool!!!


  5. BookOfPain Avatar

    This photo and this site has redefined the meaning of ‘courage’ for me.


    1. Brandon Halley Avatar

      Wonderful comment, cheers.


  6. hitandrun1964 Avatar

    Absolutely beautiful. I love it.


  7. phoenix42013 Avatar

    Wonderful. I wish you all the best with your recovery. Excellent work.


    1. Brandon Halley Avatar

      That means a lot. Thanks much.


  8. chavisory Avatar

    I ADORE this!


  9. Good Lifestyler Avatar
    Good Lifestyler

    Reblogged this on The Good Lifestyler.


  10. lexiiikw Avatar

    Reblogged this on lexiiikw and commented:
    Wow. Powerful image & story.


  11. hybridablogdk Avatar

    Amazing picture, very creative


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  13. Wordifull Melanie Avatar

    Lovely work! Healing thoughts 🙂


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