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 Craig MacLean, a 49-year-old man living in Ontario, Canada. Craig is a film school graduate. In that program he felt completely in his element, but after graduation he was never able to get the career he wanted in film, largely due to lack of confidence and low self-esteem. Several years later, while at work, he was in a robbery. Craig has struggled with PTSD ever since, as well as debilitating anxiety and depression. Photography is his outlet and his passion. He is self taught and hopes that one day, as he defines his style and the subjects he wants to explore, it will become a career.

About this photo: “The picture I’m submitting was taken earlier this summer near the shore of Lake Ontario, while surrounded by thunderstorms. Somehow appropriate. The image found me, as I was not at my emotional best when I took it. A lot of turmoil was going on in my head. The timing was perfect.

I look at it now and I’m amazed at how certain images find us at the right time. I don’t want to define the image, because I want others to find their own meaning. I call it ‘Let’s Trash This Place’, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, but for me, in all seriousness, the meaning is far deeper.”


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3 responses to “Let’s Trash This Place”

  1. chrisrenney Avatar

    The human condition has many facets – this is so interesting.

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  2. luro97 Avatar

    Love the image. I can totally identify with your story. I was also part of the film industry but my alcoholism and depression were stumbling blocks. Glad that I saw your post and read your story. I feel less alone. Thank you.

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    1. Craig MacLean Avatar

      Thank you! Feeling alone is the worst, but being able to express ourselves through our art, our passion, is a gift and we, through our gifts, can touch and impact others in a positive way. I hope you are actively dealing with your stumbling blocks in a positive manner. Good luck and all the best!


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