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 Riccardo Bevilacqua, a 39-year-old nuclear physicist currently living between Sweden and Belgium. Riccardo loves to travel, and take photos of local people wherever he goes. He worked for many years in his local community with people affected by physical and mental impairments, and he understands and is sensitive to the challenges that the families have to face, often alone. The apartment where he is living now is actually part of an old psychiatric hospital. The municipality decided to refurbish a wing of the building as a residential area, whereas the rest of the former hospital is now adapted as a museum. Geel, the town in which he lives in Belgium, is known for the practice of deinstitutionalization in psychiatric care, and this dates back since the 13th century! Still now-a-days 500 families in Geel alone, host a psychiatric patient in their house, where they live as members of the family itself.

About this photo: “This is a landscape over Flanders, in Spring. But did you see the ballerina? Sometimes to see what is not there is an hallucination. Other times it is an innocent game of our imagination. Who does decide where is the limit between these to worlds?

Find more at Riccardo’s website.


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9 responses to “Ballerina-scape”

  1. Moodphototeija Avatar

    I love this photograph, and your text, and question! who does really decide where is the limit between these two worlds…

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  2. Manal Avatar

    beautiful photograph, has a very ethereal feel to it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Leah Givens Avatar

    This is great…makes me rethink my own photography and my own view as well. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. literatinana Avatar

    It speaks a lot. Thumbs up!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Rhys Jones Avatar

    An interesting image that breaks the “rules” of photography by placing the points of interest at the edges.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pimentel Neto Avatar

    Reblogged this on Cultura é a Mãe! and commented:

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  7. Lizzie Avatar

    Lovely thought and photo…


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