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 Michelle Beckett, a 43-year-old from Vancouver, BC. Michelle was recently diagnosed with PTSD. She also has a history of depression, OCD and anxiety. After struggling for years to adapt to the pressures of a work environment, and never managing to stay in one place very long, she left and vowed never to go back. A blessing in disguise, this created a new path towards creative arts and photography. In her heart this is always what she wanted to do, but until that time she couldn’t justify the risk. Michelle still struggles, and has a lot of healing to do, but she is now able to set some boundaries and stop when she needs to find peace and take care of herself. She tries to surround herself with people who are positive and support her. Although she is trying to share her mental health issues with the people around her in hopes of being understood and at the same time to help educate people, there is a deep seated fear that she will not be accepted. This is the most vulnerable she has felt in years and at the same time the most in control of her own future.

About this photo: “My favourite photo from this series is called “The Child Within.” It recently won 3rd place in a photography competition in Spain for an organization called Agifes in the Basque Country. Their organization aims to actively contribute to the betterment of persons with mental illness. I was encouraged by a friend to enter the competition even when I thought my photography was not good enough, and for that I am eternally grateful.

On the page announcing the winners they say “Third prize goes to Michelle Beckett for her photography “The Child Within”, a beautiful image with a personal message. What we experience as children we carry with us and moulds us as adults. We chose this photo for it’s sensitivity and for the message it sends.” 


18 responses to “The Child Within”

  1. dreambigwords Avatar

    This is a beautiful and touching photograph that goes right to the core. I can relate 100% and I am so thankful you are sharing your art!

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    1. mikabe71 Avatar

      Thank you so much. That means a lot!

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  2. John Lee Avatar

    Really thought provoking photo, can relate , love the use of light, keep up the good work:)

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    1. mikabe71 Avatar

      Thank you John!

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  3. BookOfBokeh Avatar
    BookOfBokeh

    This won only third?!? You’re kidding me. Really? It should have taken first, second AND third!

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    1. mikabe71 Avatar

      Awww. So sweet of you to say. Thank you!

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  4. shoshanaphotos Avatar

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

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  5. Michelle Avatar

    Wow. Thank you for the beautiful replies. I was so nervous to share my story – thank you for your encouragement.

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    1. kuranimarsters Avatar
      kuranimarsters

      beautiful photo and a fascinating story, would love to know more. I’m so pleased that you’ve used your inner strength and courage to speak out and tell your story, I’m a great believer in the positive healing power of knowing other people struggle, instead of that space you get stuck in your mind where you think everyone else has a perfect life or is normal etc. Thank you

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      1. spencersamalvin Avatar

        Great comment . .

        Liked by 1 person

      2. mikabe71 Avatar

        Thank you so much for your comment. I also am a big believer in the power of positivity. It is a challenge not comparing myself to others and their “perfect” lives – so true.

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  6. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Very nice stuff, Michelle . . .

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    1. mikabe71 Avatar

      Thank you for sharing!

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  7. imaginarytree Avatar

    I echo what others have said. Your photograph is touching as is your story. Thank you for being so open and vulnerable with your art and with your heart.
    Please keep taking photographs, too.

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    1. mikabe71 Avatar

      Thank you so much! Of course I will continue with photography! Now that I have discovered the power of photography there’s no turning back. 😉

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  8. mikabe71 Avatar

    I apologize for not seeing these comments earlier! Thank you everyone who took the time to say something to me – I really appreciate it. I hope to contribute some more in the near future.

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