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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 Cari, a 31-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, who has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder for the past 12 years. She was recently hospitalized in September 2014 for suicidal and homicidal intrusive thoughts. These distressing symptoms were very new and foreign to Cari. Cari has been participating in intensive treatment since her release from the hospital to regain stability. Cari has found photography is a critical part of her recovery. The intrusive thoughts that she had were very vivid and photography has been a great outlet for her to create new images in her brain. Cari’s ongoing work with photography has assisted in her overall ability to find herself again.

About this photo: “Today I graduated from a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) near Chicago. As a token of graduation from the program a Lighthouse keychain is given as a lighthouse represents light to its travelers that hope, peace, comfort, and encouragement are always available. For me this photo signifies the values the program has left me with. There is beauty in having direction from a lighthouse amidst waves and dark clouds. The photo beautifully pieces together my journey during my time in PHP and my way forward.”


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10 responses to “Lighthouse Guide”

  1. Frank Avatar

    Cari what a beautiful and dramatic picture you took! The clouds, water and landscape all ft perfectly!

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  2. roamingpursuits Avatar

    Beautiful shot – love the layers of colour in the image as it transitions from grey to blue.

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  3. thetinywriter Avatar

    Amazing shot! I love it 🙂


  4. kate1975 Avatar

    Wow. I love the colors and the imagery.



  5. hank shaw Avatar
    hank shaw

    wonderful colors. love the image. one unsolicited thought: could some of the foreground be cropped out to accentuate the lighthouse and sky? Great shot no matter what.


  6. Rhys Jones Avatar

    Great shot! You have really captured the atmosphere. I love the colours and the sharpness in the details.


  7. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Such a positive, confirming backstory…such a kick ass photo. Well done!


  8. Karen Avatar

    Your photo made me feel hope too. Thanks. Best wishes in your recovery


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