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 Amy Collier, a third-year photography student who has been suffering with Anorexia for five years and has received various forms of treatment. Now in the process of recovery and starting to move on from the illness, Amy uses her photography to express how the illness has effected her life and to come to terms with living with mental illness. Her creativity is one thing that has kept her positive and motivated throughout her struggles and she hopes to build a career in the arts.

About these photos: “I have to accept that I am a work in progress…but I don’t want to just tick by.

These photographs are from a series called ‘The Year Out’ based on my experiences during the year of 2013 when I had to leave the life I had created for myself to return home, to take a whole year out just to focus on me, treatment, progress, and my health.

During this year I kept a blog, a journal, and used art and photography to document and express all I was going through. 

These self-portraits explore the feelings and thoughts I experienced during that year out. There are cyclical themes which re-emerge throughout the piece communicating notions of boundaries, confinement, escape and growth.

Find more from Amy at her website and blog.


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10 responses to “Confinement”

  1. shanechall Avatar

    That second one is so haunting. The more you look at it…

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  2. kate1975 Avatar

    I love these. I can relate to each during my life. Brava.



  3. adasyael88 Avatar

    Beautiful work. You can tell you are a creative genius. I love what you did to get the photos how they look. Totally effective. You have talent! This is very inspiring.

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  4. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    Beautiful and powerful at the same time


  5. empty pot half full Avatar

    I love these. Beautiful images that stimulate the questions – who am I?

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  6. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Original and expressive. Wonderful!


  7. Rhys Jones Avatar

    Excellent images, which presumably required some effort in processing.


  8. abagailemily Avatar

    These are beautiful


  9. imaginarytree Avatar

    I really appreciate your images. I especially like how they look partially erased.
    So many times I feel as if I do not exist. I do not know if that is what you are tryng to portray, that is what resonates with me. Thank you.

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