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 say a warm hello to first-time contributor Mark Maya, a 30-year-old photographer from Durham, North Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar II.  Mark has used photography to treat and express himself for about four years now. He is currently doing a yearlong self-portrait project.

About this photo: “This self portrait is one of the most authentic that I have taken. It communicates who I am to a “T”: Tense and ready yet calm and closed all at the same time.” 

Find more from Mark at his website.


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5 responses to “Authentic Self”

  1. hank shaw Avatar
    hank shaw

    a very impressive portrait…stark and affecting.

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  2. sixdegreesphotography Avatar

    Well done on the Self portrait.. very honest..


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  4. BookOfPain Avatar

    It takes courage to be honest, great courage!


  5. sirgeorge1960 Avatar

    I love taking hard look at oneself. Nice.


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