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 Ian Arneson, a 29-year-old photographer and digital artist based in Sterling, Virginia. Ian suffers from severe depression and anxiety, and has for more than ten years now. Embracing the art of photography took him to a whole new place, a new state of mind. It became more than just a hobby or something to kill time. It became his outlet, his savior, something to keep living for. Telling stories through photographs fulfills a void within Ian that was lost long ago because of depression. His photos aren’t always autobiographical, but do represent places he’s seen and been, both good and bad, reality and in dreams.

About this photo: “It seems after any sort of loss in your life, whether big or small. Someone always has to throw in that “time heals all wounds” phrase at you. I got inspired to create this photo after a devastating break up with my then girlfriend. I suffered for a long time and the pain wasn’t ashamed to keep repeating itself day in and day out. After being told “time heals all wounds” enough, I finally decided to express how I felt about the breakup and the advice everyone was giving me, which was all the same.” 

Find more from Ian on his website.


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6 responses to “The Wound Time Heals Slowest”

  1. estoyenmanosdelalfarero Avatar

    Powerful statement and beautiful picture!


  2. Alexandra Avatar

    love the image… what a beautiful way to let out one’s feelings and emotions…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. imaginarytree Avatar

    The lighting is beautiful. i like how the beams of light are passing right through your body. A wonderful image. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. glanceobservecapture Avatar

    I love the capture of light here !


  5. Laurie Merritt Photography Avatar

    Way to rearrange those words! Nicely done!


  6. autisticaplanet Avatar

    This photo is so unique and creative. I don’t know how you do it! Excellent! God bless you.


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