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 Thomas Slatin, a man in his thirties who is an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder and PTSD at the age of 18. On the advice of his fiancée, he picked up a camera and started taking pictures. He has always been a talented and gifted writer, and has since dedicated his life to writing and photography as a means of documenting the human experience. Thomas is currently fascinated with photographing abandonment, especially buildings.

About this photo: “This photo was taken at an abandoned resort hotel called The Pines Hotel. This was the culmination of months of planning and about an hour of mental preparation before I was able to build up enough courage to go inside this
place, all alone.”

Find more from Thomas at TomSlatin.com.


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11 responses to “Abandoned”

  1. rododovris Avatar

    Amazing picture !

    Liked by 1 person

  2. emtag2 Avatar

    Thomas’ mental strength is admirable. A very powerful photograph.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. mindymagmog Avatar

    Evocative photo, thank you

    Liked by 2 people

  4. cadephotographic Avatar

    What a great image. The story is amazing though as it really shows the impact photography can have on us all. Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

  5. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Great stuff, thanks, Thomas . . .

    Liked by 1 person

  6. imaginarytree Avatar

    This photograph expresses how I feel inside. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. johnberk Avatar

    There is nothing more haunting than the abandoned public places. I love urbex/infiltration photos because they demand their authors to enter places where no one else would go.


  8. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Dude, awesome! Thank heavens that you did go in there…what a great idea! I love the feel and age of the post processing too…


    Liked by 2 people

  9. Thomas Slatin Avatar

    Thanks everyone for your kind words!

    Liked by 2 people

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