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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.

Please welcome first-time contributor Hank Shaw, a man in his sixties from Rochester, NY. Hank lost a brother to undiagnosed mental health problems that resulted in suicide. Members of his extended family have also suffered from severe depression. Hank is a professional writer and amateur photographer.

About this photo: “I took this photo at Thousand Acres Swamp near Rochester because it captured my mood and view of life at the time. My wife and I had both lost our fathers. My mother was in rapidly declining health. The country was still intensely affected by a terrible recession. And other people I cared about were struggling with unemployment, depression and other important life issues. The act of photography itself was a great relief during this time. Life has improved dramatically since this point, and the change is also reflected in the images I now seek and capture.”

Find more from Hank at his web site.


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5 responses to “Through The Swamp”

  1. Karen Avatar

    Thank you Hank– a haunting photograph.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. intelligentwriting4business Avatar

    thanks for posting this. take care. hs


  3. Anica Art Photography Avatar

    Welcome Hank, – having lived with depression, I immediately recognised it in this superb photo! A moment of relief, when you can stand on this outside and see in…


  4. Leah Givens Avatar

    Beautiful in the mood conveyed. Thanks for sharing, and I wish you all the best.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. luro97 Avatar

    A warm welcome to Broken Light. Your photo and story are truly moving. I, for one, am very grateful for you and your talent. Many thanks.


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