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 Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I took this photo in Pennsylvania on a hike to Bushkill Falls. It speaks to me on such a deep level. I love the light and shadows, the texture, the tenacity… I think the human heart is much like this tree… no matter how much we go through no matter what comes in and out of our lives we grow…we grow through and around whatever we need to for survival and we learn to be beautiful again…we learn to love again, to live again…”

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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13 responses to “Texture and Tenacity”

  1. Photographs by Peter Knight Avatar

    A thought provoking and profound photograph.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Victoria Avatar

    Beautifully done.


  3. loverofpassion Avatar

    Incredible photo


  4. shoshanaphotos Avatar

    Really wonderful photo! Congrats and best healing wishes to the photographer!


  5. karifrances Avatar

    Lovely photo, and beautiful message from CB. Thank you so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. luro97 Avatar

    The photo alone speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing it and your story. Continued joy and healing to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Karen Avatar

    Your photo brought so much emotion to me and I don’t think I’ve ever been as moved as I have by looking at a photograph. It’s inspiring thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      Thank you so very much!!


  8. gregmercer601 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Big Red Carpet Nursing and commented:
    Such an image, rich with metaphor.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Gerry C. Avatar

    Bravo! I enjoy the photos and the stories behind the photos. The creative spirit and sense of self is not lost. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. dreambigwords Avatar

    This touches me deeply, it’s a perfect representation

    Liked by 1 person

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