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.

Photos taken by contributor Kendra Kantor, a woman in her twenties from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered from mental health issues for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. She loved photography as a young teen and after a break, which included dropping out of art school and becoming a mother, she is learning to love the camera again and use it as a wellness tool. Kendra has become a Wellness Mentor and Guide for creative women looking to embrace their self discovery and improve their mental health.

About these photos: “Sometimes I wonder if I am just this outer shell of a woman. Am I this curvy, squishy body? Is this all anyone sees when they look at me? I am trying to improve my self confidence and body image issues and these images I took with my phone are part of that process. I am trying to look at the curves, the lines and the lumps, the stretch marks and the ridges as part of my journey and not as a negative.”  

Find more from Kendra at her website.


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8 responses to “Self”

  1. Kim13 Avatar

    Rock it girl!! Awesome.


  2. alfredsalmanac Avatar

    We are all the sum of our parts. Wonderful pictures. Well done.


  3. Rebekah Miller Avatar

    Curvy and squishy can be gorgeous and sexy. Beauty isn’t limited to a size. Be well, dear.


  4. bigbird34 Avatar

    Beautiful! We all come in different shapes and sizes. If we all looked the same it would be boring. God made each us just the way He wanted.


  5. imaginarytree Avatar

    Do not let anyone ever tell you, that you are not beautiful.


  6. Kendra Kantor (@KendraKantor) Avatar

    Thank you everyone for the beautiful comments! You’ve made my morning ❤


  7. luro97 Avatar

    You are beautiful. Your photos, mind and commitment are a testament to that. Wonderful post.


  8. CamillaChocolat Avatar

    Beautiful! Way to go 🙂


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