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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 say hello to first-time contributor Nat, a 70-year-old man who has been interested in photography since he was a kid. He has suffered from chronic depression for many years. Usually the loss of a loved one, rejection, or anything that triggers feelings of low self-esteem can lead to a difficult time ahead. Lately, he is rediscovering the joy of the act of photography, and waiting for that moment which tells a special story to the casual observer.

About this photo: “This b&w street scene with kids was taken in the 1960s on the Lower East Side.


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15 responses to “Adventure”

  1. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Nate……welcome to the Light. I surely (don’t call me Shirley) enjoy the sense of adventure that this image invokes. It make one conjure up their own story to go with it……..nice work…..en theos..jim


  2. esse636 Avatar

    Great photo- so much happening- so many ideas about what may happen next. Look forward to seeing some more of your contributions Nat.


  3. DagEnDauw Avatar

    Great setting!


  4. Crooked Tracks Avatar
    Crooked Tracks

    I love this photo. I remember when I was a kid, we played with cardboard boxes.


  5. Chess Avatar

    As a former New Yorker, I have to say Nat nailed the essence of the lower East Side in the the 60’s, just a stunning portrait of life as it was. Kudos, very ell done!!!


  6. chrisrenney Avatar

    Just brilliant. A wonderful capture. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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  8. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Nat, great choice to use black and white with this photo. It gives a great feel.



  9. Rachael Avatar

    Lovely, classy street scene.


  10. gottagetmycamera Avatar

    Spectacular photo!


  11. idoartkarenrobinson Avatar

    Such an interesting photo – and a snap shot of a time to remember…Karen


  12. rachmathias Avatar

    This is super Nat! I love the kids playing in the cardboard box. It reminds me of my kids 🙂 Also great to step back in time & imagine NYC in the 60’s. Super! Super! Super!


  13. maureenjenner Avatar

    It’s good to sometimes show the hidden corners of our hearts. A little light is good for the soul. Thank you for sharing.


  14. Dragonflyboy Avatar

    Reblogged this on nealstotts.


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