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.

Photos taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She has had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She’s been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as the MAAP Newsletter, a publication for those with ASD and those who love them.

About these photos: “​​I edited these in Photoshop of a tree bald of its leaves. It reminded me of the inside of the human brain. Autistic people have a lot of “branches” that don’t get pruned as the brain grows. 

What I like about the second version is that yes I see the branches, but I also see the energy of a brain that never shuts down.”

More from autisticaplanet at her website.


10 responses to “The Autistic Brain”

  1. nerdycanuck Avatar

    This is fascinating, its’ so interesting. thanks for sharing. I will check out the gallery and photos.


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      Thank you for your kind comment! 🙂


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      Thank you for your kind comment 🙂


      1. blueribbonfair Avatar

        You are so welcome.


  2. imaginarytree Avatar

    These are wonderful intricate images. Thank you.

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  3. Lady_K Avatar

    Having a son on the Autistic spectrum, I can totally relate to this.


    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      I’m happy to hear this 🙂


  4. JRollendz Avatar

    Very relatable


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