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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 Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last five years.

About this photo: “This photograph is titled ‘Once Upon a Dream.’ It can tell many different stories to viewers, but for myself, it is about me being a hopeless romantic. Even when I am feeling very low, and I am in very dark place, I believe in love.

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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12 responses to “Once Upon A Dream”

    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Anna 🙂


  1. suej Avatar

    Lovely image


    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Sue 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. mytiturk Avatar

    Evocative in many dimensions.


    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you, you made me happy 🙂


  3. imaginarytree Avatar

    Lovely and very sad. It brings up many feelings for me. Beautiful image! Thank you.


  4. David Avatar

    It’s absolutely incredible how emotive this photo is. Well done


    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      Thank you David! 🙂


  5. Julia Theresia Fotografie Avatar

    Great work! Lovely capture 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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