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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 taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who suffers from bipolar disorder, type II. She is a writer, photographer, life coach and mental health advocate. Danielle is also the founder and director of Broken Light Collective.

About this photo: “This past weekend I attended the Active Minds national conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, and had the honor of speaking about the mental health benefits of photography. While I was mostly focused on preparing my workshop or seeing the amazing keynote speakers (Frank Warren of Post Secret, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, and Kevin Briggs), I found time to sneak away and capture a bit of DC through my lens. Photography helped me find calm in an otherwise chaotic situation.” 

*Please visit/like the BLC Facebook page in the coming days to see more photos from the conference, as well as photography created by students during the workshop. Schools interested in hosting a therapeutic photography workshop, please contact: brokenlightcollective@gmail.com


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9 responses to “Angular”

  1. Jann @ AustinDetails.me Avatar

    Wow. A stunning image of an-oft photographed monument is certainly not a cliche in your treatment, Danielle. Wow.

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  2. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    I agree with Jean. Stunning!

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  3. bikerchick57 Avatar

    Absolutely awesome!


  4. shortlandpalmer Avatar

    Really beautiful capture 🙂


  5. Norm Yip Avatar
    Norm Yip

    Simple and powerful.


  6. bluebrightly Avatar

    What a beautiful photograph – and I think I see Orion there, don’t I? Thanks for telling us about the conference – sounds like it was a good one.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Great shot & story, and thanks for founding and directing Broken Light Collective; I, too, have bipolar II and the BLC has really helped sustain me! . . .


  8. Jann @ AustinDetails.me Avatar

    I’m a UMD grad, and things have certainly ramped up since I was there. How wonderful you were able to be at seminar with such great minds; and again, I must say, it’s amazing you captured the totally non-cliched image of the Wash Monument, an icon so oft photographed. Sending you many pos wishes.


  9. eLPy Avatar

    Really beautiful photo, and I love the color profile and light. Well done. Thanks for sharing about your conference too, it would be interesting to know more about it.


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