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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 Andy Humphreys, a 59-year-old disabled amateur photographer who resides in Lancashire, UK. 40 years ago, Andy began a series of unsuccessful surgeries to remove infected apocrine glands and tissue. This was later diagnosed as Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a little understood debilitating skin condition thought to be due to an auto-immune reaction. Several years into this condition the auto-immune response led to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pyoderma Ganrenosum. The constant pain of these conditions led to greatly reduced mobility and, 20 years ago, severe Anxiety and Depression disorders set in. Years of antidepressant medications and intermittent therapy have had little effect. Throughout this period photography has been his one consolation.

About this photo: “My interest in photography was sparked by my father, an architect and also a keen amateur photographer, in my early teens.  By my late teens, my bedroom was also a fully functional darkroom where I would develop film and produce prints, sometimes all night!  After a ‘dry’ spell (for university, a family and career), I found myself unemployed, widowed and in the ‘digital age’ – swapping SD cards for film, and a computer for a darkroom.  My preference is for nature and landscape views, which I find intriguing and soothing, and have just begun compositing images to add my own feel to the art.  

Last week, whilst on my wander, and mindful of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, the poppies in the wildflower garden at Astley Park became even more relevant and worthy of a capture.

The image is made more powerful by using a selective colour approach to emphasise the flower over a fairly distracting background.

Find more from Andy on his blog.


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11 responses to “Poppy – In Commemoration of the Fallen of WW1”

  1. Phoenix Tears Healed Avatar
    Phoenix Tears Healed

    it’s a beautiful photo, and I agree with his words that this effect he’s used here, works really well with the ‘remembrance of the fallen’ 🙂


  2. Tish Farrell Avatar

    Splendid photo and sentiment.


  3. Heartafire Avatar

    indeed, lovely though sad remembrance…


  4. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Andy….nice image, welcome to Broken Light. Hope you find some encouragement here……en theos…jim


  5. bikerchick57 Avatar

    Beautiful photo. Simply beautiful.


  6. Thailand Everyday Avatar

    Fabulous post. Keep Shooting Andy


  7. rachmathias Avatar

    Ooh Andy! I love this! Nice job buddy & best of luck to you


  8. bluebrightly Avatar

    Beautiful work on your blog!


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