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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 Ian Arneson, a 29-year-old photographer and digital artist based in Sterling, Virginia. Ian suffers from severe depression and anxiety, and has for more than ten years now. Embracing the art of photography took him to a whole new place, a new state of mind. It became more than just a hobby or something to kill time. It became his outlet, his savior, something to keep living for. Telling stories through photographs fulfills a void within Ian that was lost long ago because of depression. His photos aren’t always autobiographical, but do represent places he’s seen and been, both good and bad, reality and in dreams.

About this photo: “The inspiration behind this photo came from a point in my life where I literally felt as if I hit rock bottom. I felt unwanted, unnoticed, and invisible to everyone I cared for around me. Similar to what you see in the photo, I felt myself wither and fade away into vast nothingness.” 

Find more from Ian on his website.


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24 responses to “Wither”

  1. Crooked Tracks Avatar
    Crooked Tracks

    Your photo is very powerful. I like it very much.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Welcome Ian..nice visual illustration……en theos…j


  3. Rachael Avatar

    Excellent imagery.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hank Shaw Avatar

    this is a great image ian.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. the Prodigal Orphan Avatar

    If this guy had long blonde hair I’d swear he was me.
    You can even feel the Depression and Anxiety.
    Beautiful, brilliant image.
    Very well done Ian.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. chrisrenney Avatar

    It is not only disintegration I see here but reintegration too. We are made, unmade, made again. A wonderful and moving image. Thank you for sharing it. Best wishes.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Make Something Mondays Avatar
    Make Something Mondays

    Reblogged this on Make Something Mondays! and commented:
    What a great artist! When you check out the website, look at his Twisted Princess Series. It’s very intriguing.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lensandpensbysally Avatar

    An image with a strong narrative and well-executed.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Ian Arneson Avatar

    Thank you all so much

    Liked by 1 person

  10. vikkerness Avatar

    Stunning image, really beautiful, emotive and thought provoking. 2 Thumbs up.


  11. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    Very creative photo and I can relate to the pain you felt – there was a time in my life I considered myself to be the invisible girl. Things are better for me today – I hope they are for you also.

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  12. Kaks Avatar

    wow. this is very deep


  13. bgallery Avatar

    Beautiful image …


  14. bluebrightly Avatar

    It’s a beautifully composed image, Ian. Somehow, to me it doesn’t have a very negative feeling – there could be many interpretations, like the body dissolving into the skies, a spiritual thing.

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  15. Allie Avatar

    Welcome Ian, you are in good company. I suffer with clinical depression and blog openly about it. I am currently writing a book on this subject. Love the fantasy work and the feeling of withering away, fading almost, has been there on and off myself. Good luck with your work it really is beautiful and be well. x


  16. thepetalpusher Avatar

    Wow, Ian, what a powerful photo. Such talent.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. autisticaplanet Avatar

    This photo evokes a few things: The feeling that one is slowly dying. Then there is the re-making process that God allows in order to grow and mature. I definitely see loneliness, but I see the light breaking through the billowing clouds that is God with us, never leaving or forsaking us, but waiting patiently for us to cry out to Him. I can clearly see that God has gifted you with this talent: to capture what your mind’s eye sees, enhance it with digital software and combining them to speak your vision to others as a force for good.


  18. mytolovelife Avatar

    Reblogged this on mytolovelife and commented:
    great pic


  19. Valerie Fahel-Schaffer Avatar

    This photo captures the essence of depression and angst. Thank you for sharing it with the world.


  20. Dragonflyboy Avatar

    Reblogged this on nealstotts.


  21. lilbrigs Avatar

    this is amazing. as someone who has suffered her bout with depression and anxiety as well, it’s nice to know that we aren’t alone. the entire reason i got into art in the first place was because it was an outlet, and a comfort.


  22. lilbrigs Avatar

    Reblogged this on houseofzippers and commented:
    this is a blog featuring photographers living with mental illness. i think it’s an absolutely wonderful thing.


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