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 Matt Williams from Portsmouth, UK. In his late teens and early twenties he learned that he was living with bipolar disorder. He felt lost and in many ways just existing rather than really living life. He has since stabilized, and discovered things that are good for him, such as creativity, and what he should avoid. His bipolar has led him to experience periods of immense joy and at other times wondering why the world is so crazy. Mostly, he treasures those close to him who have supported him and shown him that the world is really worth sticking around for.

About this photo: “Swimmer in Portsmouth – like the light. Probably a tri-athlete training. Like the calm atmosphere just him and the sea. Me when I am calm and things are just flowing.”

Find more from Matt at his blog.


6 responses to “Keep Swimming”

  1. Cheryl-Lynn Roberts Avatar

    This is so beautiful and hopeful! May I reblog this post to Stigmahurtseveryone.info?


    1. Matt Williams Avatar

      Hi thanks for comments. No worries – permission granted to reblog 🙂


  2. charliebillups Avatar

    Thanks for posting such and inspiring story!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. robertmgoldstein Avatar

    Thank you for posting such a splendid story and picture.


  4. Cheryl-Lynn @ Tournesol & Stigmahurtseveryone Avatar

    Reblogged this on Stop the Stigma and commented:
    Check out this amazing blog of a community of photographers. They are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time.


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