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 taken by contributor Mark Maya, a 30-year-old photographer from Durham, North Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar II.  Mark has used photography to treat and express himself for about four years now. He is currently doing a yearlong self-portrait project.

About this photo: “With this self portrait I am communicating the “next big thing” syndrome that I have in my life.   I have had many different jobs, passions and ideas that I have whole-heartedly pursued only to ditch it for the next.  This tends to make my life exciting but at the same time I have an inner yearning for “calm” knowing all the while that it will never come.” 

Find more from Mark at his website.


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4 responses to “The Next Big Thing”

  1. Deborah Avatar

    I love the quiet curtains that frame this portrait.
    Thanks for posting.
    Have added your wonderful site to my home screen. It’s inspiring.

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  2. Developing A New Image Avatar

    Mark…..and I thought it was only me who was always looking for that next latest and greatest thing…en theos…j

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  3. compostingwords Avatar

    Very interesting post. I’ve observed the same patterns in my sister-in-law. She seems the most alive in the pursuing of a new adventure, almost never gets to where she says she wants to go and never happy with where she is. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope you can figure out a way to get to calm.

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  4. carrie hilgert Avatar

    I can so relate to the next big thing syndrome!

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