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 by contributor Zoe, a 14-year-old second generation Broken Light Collective contributor. Zoe has experienced ADD and periods of mild depression. She became interested in photography in 2012. Zoe mostly uses herself as her model and takes self portraits to express feelings or concepts that she wants to communicate. Photography is one coping mechanism she uses during challenging times. She is also interested in drawing and other art forms.

About this photo: “This photo represents peacefulness. It represents being at peace with myself. Free to be who I am, and to do what I want to do (to an extent).”

Find more from Zoe at her flickr.


UPDATE: Check out photos from our installation at the Dave Nee Foundation’s suicide prevention gala at Fordham Law School’s new bldg at Lincoln Center (here or Facebook)

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7 responses to “Peacefulness”

  1. Hank Shaw Avatar
    Hank Shaw

    I dont think this represents peacefulness. but i think its a great photo, whether its a self portrait or not.


  2. Rick Miller Avatar
    Rick Miller

    welcome to Broken Light Zoe!
    you’re among friends here


  3. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    I agree with Hank. This is a beautiful picture that conveys far more subtlety and complexity than ‘peacefulness.’ Well done!


  4. QuirkyBirdWords Avatar

    Reblogged this on QuirkyBirdWords and commented:
    Photography as a coping skill.


  5. robandsarasworld Avatar

    every persons mind is different if this is how u see peacefulness then thats what it is keep up the great work


  6. Nemya Avatar

    I’m so happy for you that you’ve found something that helps you cope and that can inspire others.


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