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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 first-time contributor Andrea Taurisano, a 42-year-old Italian photographer based in Norway. Andrea has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder type II, which he almost accepted as good news as it finally explained the roller coaster of moods and feelings he continuously experiences. One day feeling super creative, productive, smarter than anyone else, with a burning need to talk, flirt, seduce, and be seen and acknowledged. Next day, feeling guilty, harmful, worthless, terribly lonely and sad, yet wanting to be even more alone, disappear, and be forgotten forever.

About this photo: “This photograph is part of a personal project about the end of a life. It shows love, care, and closeness to one another when we are most vulnerable and in need.” 

Find more from Andrea at his blog.


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14 responses to “Closeness to One Another”

  1. Violet Avatar

    amazing capture


  2. C Avatar

    Great image! I can also relate to the relief of being diagnosed after so many years. It’s great finally know, even on those bad days.


  3. Incite Photographics Avatar
    Incite Photographics

    Fantastic image ! You have really captured the essence of love- thank you for sharing


  4. cfootedelmann Avatar

    Very moving, words and startling image — a new form of compassion — thank you for courage and artistry!


  5. galeweithers Avatar

    So very beautiful! There’s nothing in this world like the warmth of skin touching skin or a hand touching another one. Thanks for sharing this touching photo and for a brilliant interpretation of the challenge.


  6. lifelessons Avatar

    Heartwarming and heartbreaking. Judy


  7. Eduardo Mendoza Avatar

    The image is great, shows beautifuly a very moving moment!


  8. Eduardo Mendoza Avatar

    I meant beautifully 🙂


  9. bluebrightly Avatar

    Fabulous image – I hope you are able to get the ups and downs enough under control so that they serve your creativity and don’t rob you of energy and love of life. Best of luck on your project.


  10. Nathalie Avatar

    Simply stunning!


  11. allegroandrea Avatar

    Thanks everyone for your nice words on this photo. Truly appreciated.


  12. Ashley Lily Scarlett Avatar

    Beautiful image in form and content.
    When I received the bipolar type II diagnosis, after years and years of misery, I was relieved. Partly because it explained why the depression kept returning and partly because with that diagnosis I was finally prescribed some appropriate medications. My life has been somewhat easier since then. I hope you have greater peace of mind too.


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