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 Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and/or chronic insomnia. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. She feels like a sensitive soul trying to find a place in what feels like a loud, angry, cruel world.

About this photo: “There’s a whole lot of tragedy crammed behind that door, and it’s going to be dirty and ugly inside. I know opening it is going to hurt, and it’s going to be scary. But I’m carefully, oh so carefully, going to open that door and take out one thing at a time. I’ll handle each piece gently, carefully airing it out. Then I’ll either re-fold it neatly and put it back, or I’ll throw it away, depending on what best serves my needs. I expect I’ll find a lot of deep, dark holes with nothing in them, since entire chunks of my childhood are blank. But that’s OK. I’ll gently rinse them with my tears and fill them with love for myself. I’ll grieve for that terrified little girl, and all that she might have become. And then I’m going to celebrate. I’m going to celebrate the incredible woman I’ve become—both in spite of and because of the chaos, neglect, and abuse.

Find more from Lori at her blog.

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12 responses to “Behind This Door”

  1. avixenatgloaming Avatar

    That is a wonderful picture! The composition and colors and I love it. =)

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  2. Michele Avatar
    Michele

    Your photograph is beautiful. Not only is it visually pleasing, it is a beautiful representation of your struggles and your courage to overcome them. Thank you for sharing your story. You have put into words what I have felt for so long and did it so eloquently.

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    1. Lori Goodwin Avatar

      Thank you. I’m so glad it spoke to you. Courage to you, too!

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  3. Zara Avatar
    Zara

    I absolutely adore this!…something about doors….reminds me of a spiritual journey:)

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    1. Lori Goodwin Avatar

      Thank you! Doors are pretty awesome, aren’t they?!

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      1. Zara Avatar
        Zara

        Absolutely:)

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  4. Craig A. Miller Avatar

    I absolutely love this. I wish you all the strength and courage you need to deal with what’s inside.

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  5. Lori Goodwin Avatar

    Thank you so much for your kindness — it’s deeply appreciated.

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  6. idoartkarenrobinson Avatar

    An interesting photo, the colours are unusual, makes you want to open the door…Karen

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