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 John Harney, a man from Perth, Western Australia. John was diagnosed with depression at the early age of 12, but unfortunately due to misdiagnosis of the wrong type of depression, went for many years with the wrong medication. It wasn’t till he was in his late 30’s that he was correctly diagnosed with Bipolar. At that time John began focusing on self control to manage his condition and finding peace behind the camera. John has always been shy and has a serious confidence issue that has held him back from pursuing his surf lifestyle photography further.

About the photo: “This shot was taken on a winters evening in Perth. I always say I am over shooting sunsets, but I always find myself going back. Combining my love of the surf lifestyle and sunsets is my greatest soother. For those few hours I am at the beach, I am free and able to truly show my feeling in my photos.

Find more from John at his website, Facebook and Instagram.


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9 responses to “Surf at Sunset”

  1. Anna Marie Avatar

    Beautiful. Makes me feel that I am there with the surfer.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Trish Avatar

    The combination of sunset, ocean and surfers, how could you not keep going back?



  3. Karen Avatar

    Thank you for the golden light.


  4. charliebillups Avatar

    This is really good, thanks for sharing!


  5. Britta Avatar

    love this photo. beautiful.


  6. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Nice shot, John- I, too, am dealing with a lot struggles with shyness & self-confidence . . your sharing helps! . .


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