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 Kendra Kantor, a woman in her twenties from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered from mental health issues for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. She loved photography as a young teen and after a break, which included dropping out of art school and becoming a mother, she is learning to love the camera again and use it as a wellness tool. Kendra has become a Wellness Mentor and Guide for creative women looking to embrace their self discovery and improve their mental health.

About this photo: “I am always seeking for places and things that make me feel safe. My anxiety often brings with it an immense fear… fear of the unknown, fear of what will happen, and even fear of my own emotions. Being on the look out for places like this, covered walking paths that enclose me, give me beautiful light, and natural elements, really helps me calm down.”  

Find more from Kendra at her website.


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6 responses to “Safe”

  1. alexvrince Avatar

    Reblogged this on an everyday life blog.


  2. imaginarytree Avatar

    I have also found great comfort in trees. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your tree.


  3. Borneo Rainbow Avatar

    Great inspiration to other..


  4. eLPy Avatar

    Nice capture of the vibrant green. 🙂 I like the irony in your comfort in being contained in bright, beautiful places. It’s kind of the opposite of poisoning anxiety isn’t it? Anxiety can be a terrible sort of containment, dark without stars or the moon, but you’ve taken us to a warm and inspiring sort of containment…hmm…like the life we’re meant to live.

    😉 Cheers & Happy New Year!


  5. Incite Photographics Avatar
    Incite Photographics

    Kendra I love that you are out there helping others and I am so happy for you that you are back into your creative element. On a personal note this photo has brought back to mind a promise that I made to my mother before she passed away- that I would always take the time to lay down and look up at the trees. Thank you for this beautiful memory.


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