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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 Tracy, a 30-year-old who lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Glasgow, UK. Tracy has struggled with anxiety and depression for several years. She worked as an office assistant but was signed off work due to mental health issues. She deteriorated even more after that, with time spent in hospital, going to see counsellors, and lots of medications, with various side effects. She decided that she didn’t want to live like that anymore and she wanted to make her daughter proud of her, so she pushed herself to go back to college where she chose to study photography. She quickly realised how much she loved every aspect of photography. Although she still has very dark days, she continues to push herself and carry on doing what she loves.

About this photo: “This image I have called ‘Falling’ was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, which I have always had a fascination with.

My favourite quote is: “Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so. But let me tell you something, the best people usually are.” ~Lewis Carroll 

This image for me symbolises the decent into the darkness that mental illness is.  Before Alice got to Wonderland she had to fall down a deep dark hole. This exemplifies hope, to be strong, you can and will make it to the other side of the darkness.

Find more from Tracy at her website.


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12 responses to “Falling”

  1. adasyael88 Avatar

    Beautiful Story to match a Beautiful Picture!

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  2. The Laughable Cheese Avatar
    The Laughable Cheese

    Awesome picture!

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  3. John Lee Avatar

    Love the picture and element of hope after coming through the darkness,

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  4. bigbird34 Avatar

    Love this picture! I’m a huge Alice in Wonderland fan.

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  5. Leah Givens Avatar

    Love the photo and the story…it resonates with me.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Rhys Jones Avatar

    Excellent image. It makes you think!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Leya Avatar

    This is a fascinating picture – love it.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Incredible technique and imagination!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. keicyrojas Avatar

    Reblogged this on Blog — Sample.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Awesome picture and heartening story of personal motivation. God honors our efforts and meets us where we are. Looks like that is true of you & your journey. Don’t give up…He won’t give up on you!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. susanheney Avatar

    Reblogged this on shensea.


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