Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo by contributor Matt Williams from Portsmouth, UK. In his late teens and early twenties he learned that he was living with bipolar disorder. He felt lost and in many ways just existing rather than really living life. He has since stabilized, and discovered things that are good for him, such as creativity, and what he should avoid. His bipolar has led him to experience periods of immense joy and at other times wondering why the world is so crazy. Mostly, he treasures those close to him who have supported him and shown him that the world is really worth sticking around for.

About this photo: “I just liked this. It was hidden away in Portsmouth at a bus station as if to remind us to do it more – great!”

Find more from Matt at his blog.


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4 comments on “Smile

  1. Chris Kaan
    October 2, 2014

    The perfect metaphor for Bi-Polar. Remain happy while the world seems to decay around you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Steve
    October 3, 2014

    Great photo and very fitting for #worldsmileday


  3. quarksire
    October 3, 2014

    yehaaaaa 🙂 ThanQ 🙂


  4. moondustwriter
    October 4, 2014

    one word can say sooo much!


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