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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.

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 and digital art were the only ways 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: “Awaken is an image I themed around lucid dreaming. I dressed in PJ’s and held a teddy bear to, obviously, give a childlike feel to the image. I feel that children are more  susceptible to lucid dreaming and they lose it after reaching adulthood. I have always been fascinated with dreams and lucid dreaming.

Find more from Brandon at his website.


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16 responses to “Awaken”

  1. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Brandon…..I absolutely love this image…….One nice piece of work……keep working it, you have excited me……….monos en theos….j

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  2. Rafal Avatar

    Wonderful and very emotional shot! Very strong, beautiful picture

    Liked by 2 people

  3. sarah barry Avatar
    sarah barry

    Wow love it

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ashley Lily Scarlett Avatar

    As beautiful as ever, Brandon.


  5. Leah Givens Avatar

    This is wonderful…I hope to be able to show emotions so well in my photos one day.


  6. angeldustdivinity Avatar

    Reblogged this on Esoteric Divulgence and commented:
    Stunning concept!


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  8. luro97 Avatar

    Wow! Very awesome image.


  9. kentishrev Avatar

    Brandon, this is a wonderful photograph. The lines of focus are very powerful. Thank you.


  10. Liz Gilbert Avatar

    Amazing. Lucid dreaming is such phenomenon that many don’t seem to appreciate. Such a dreamy photo.


  11. dreambigwords Avatar

    This is beautifully lucid!


  12. fábio Avatar

    Like a dream. Beautiful!!


  13. Violet Avatar

    insane photo!!


  14. Alexa Jean Avatar

    what a beautiful image


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