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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.

Please welcome first-time contributor Ynne Black, an 18-year-old from the Czech Republic. Ynne has suffered from depression for several years to varying degrees. It causes her chronic insomnia and occasional anxiety. Her main escape from reality is art

About this photo: “This is probably my darkest photography so far. The make-up is meant to symbolize tears, if they only became visible. A person is hidden in shadows, torn and anxious, symbolizing inner struggle and uncertainty what to do – but no one can see it.

Find more from Ynnes at her blog.


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15 responses to “Hidden in Shadows”

  1. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Very dramatic!


    Liked by 1 person

  2. jimholroyd365 Avatar

    Indeed, a very dramatic image.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Baz Avatar

    This photo hits me hard. Someone I know recently passed away by committing suicide. It was very unexpected, but, like the author wrote, her tears weren’t visible to any of us, so we had no idea how severe her inner struggle was. I’ve never personally known how difficult severe depression is, but the main thing I know is to get professional help, medication, and surround yourself with loved ones. These all anchor you back to life.


    1. Ynne Avatar

      I’m so sorry to read what you had to go through… I just hope you don’t put the blame on yourself.


  4. Karen Avatar

    I identify with Baz’s response. I have gone through times of great isolation, but often help was so much closer than I knew. Thanks for letting this darkness show in your photograph.

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  5. suej Avatar

    Powerful photograph….


  6. quarksire Avatar

    wow……… love & light 2 u …. Q


  7. tt4r Avatar

    No one can see you inside but can feel. I like how what’s immediately around the eye is your “I” inside.


  8. josephong Avatar

    The picture is impressive.


  9. Ayeh Avatar



  10. Rob Weir Avatar

    Great impact


  11. Victoria C. Slotto Avatar

    This tells such a story. Amazing.


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