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: “This photo represents freedom, and letting go of all of the worries and fears that consume and gnaw away at the mind. I took this photo last year on my last day of high school. I was so excited, but so anxious at the same time. There were so many things that I was worried about: What if I can’t pay for college, what if I have to drop out, or get bad grades and fail? What if I end up homeless or have to live with my parents until I’m older? What if I never connect with anybody again? All these what ifs were just exploding like fireworks in my head and it was just so overwhelming. I was sitting there thinking to myself “now what?” I don’t want to die without making an impact. Not on everybody, that’s impossible. I want to make an impact on myself. My life, and hopefully along the way I can do something amazing as well..”

Find more from Brandon at his website.


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3 responses to “Take Me Away”

  1. suej Avatar

    Great visual statement…I love the energy, the colours. Freedom nicely expressed.


  2. Eugenia Munguía-George Avatar

    Beautiful photo. A lot said with some red balloons.


  3. medicinalmeadows Avatar

    Great image. The balloons are so vibrant to the picture. Well done. I like this very much. Positivity shines through.


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