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.

Please welcome first-time contributor M, a 20-year-old student from Finland who has been suffering from various mental health challenges over the past eight years. She has been diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, fear of social situations, and recurrent PTSD. The truth of her condition, however, still remains unclear. And yet, she carries on, trying to understand a world that feels so hard to handle, and how she fits into it. And she creates, sometimes using her camera and other times writing into the night.

About this photo: This photo, taken when I was only 15, is one of my first shots that made me realize that I can, and perhaps should, photograph. 

I have always loved the nighttime, the slight breeze and crispy air that makes you feel suddenly very aware of the world, time and your feelings. And this particular fall in 2009 I remember standing on the peer of our summer cottage, waiting for the sky to turn to black. But instead, it kept on lighting up and glimmering, as if the sunny skies were fighting back the night, light the darkness and the Yin the Yang. I remember wondering how a battle could be that beautiful.” 

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14 responses to “The Nighttime”

  1. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    What a beautifully composed photograph, and so mysterious in its feeling….

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  2. dreambigwords Avatar

    a gorgeous photograph and such a big question! How can a battle be beautiful?

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  3. Lady_K Avatar
    Lady_K

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. thepetalpusher Avatar

    M–beautiful photo. I hope you find comfort in the hobby of photography.

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  5. Domenia Avatar

    I love this! It says a lot without many words.

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  6. Developing A New Image Avatar

    M…I love the mystery that this image invokes. Welcome to BLC and may it bring you comfort & peace…en theos…j

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  7. Judy @ newenglandgardenandthread Avatar

    May she continue to pursue her interest in photography so that the rest of us can applaud her beautiful photos. 🙂

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  8. thirdeyemom Avatar

    Gorgeous! Keep shining your beauty through your photography and you shall see the light!:)

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  9. rachmathias Avatar

    This is beautiful work.

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  10. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    WOW!! haunting and beautiful.

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  11. NiinaMaria Avatar

    I looked at the photograph thinking that it looks like Finland. It was. Loves it.

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  12. Tina Schell Avatar

    Lovely; I especially liked the photographer’s comments.

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  13. maureenjenner Avatar

    The velvet of a night skyline captured forever. Beautiful!

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