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.

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “This is from a series on fear and uncertainty. Fear seems to be a recurring theme in my life, no matter how hard I fight it. Fear of abandonment, of not being noticed, of my mental illness consuming me, of what people will think if they see the real me, of losing my creativity and worst, of getting to the end of my life without having let all of the wonderful things inside me come out. This image is about the battle against fear. I think most of us recognize that internal war with something. Whether it’s fear or not, no matter how long you’ve been fighting it, there are times when the battle is fierce and for me, it’s usually when I am trying to grow. The ego doesn’t like change.

Find more from Carrie at her blog or flickr.


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12 responses to “I’m In Here, A Prisoner Of My History”

  1. Tip Avatar

    Hi Carrie, I know those fears and I know that battle. You captured it.

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  2. toemailer Avatar

    We would love to post that at toemail if you do not mind?http://toemail.wordpress.com

    Liked by 1 person

      1. toemailer Avatar

        Thanks! Will let you know when it is posted.

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      2. toemailer Avatar

        It’s posted now. Thanks so much, we really appreciate it! 🙂


    1. Broken Light: A Photography Collective Avatar

      Please make sure to credit Carrie, and include links to her site and Broken Light Collective if possible. Thanks.


  3. dodgysurfer Avatar

    Very powerful words too.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. imaginarytree Avatar

    I recognize your internal war. I have experienced it. An amazing photograph.
    Thank you for sharing your photograph and your thoughts.

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  5. karifrances Avatar

    Haunting photograph. Amazing. Keep up the good work.

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  6. rachmathias Avatar

    Perfect Carries!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Thank you, Carrie- I can identify with your struggle indeed- and interesting picture! . .

    Liked by 1 person

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