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.

Please welcome first-time contributor Heidi Spitzig, a 37-year-old woman from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Heidi is a survivor of trauma and lives with anxiety, depression, and Dissociative Identity Disorder. She believes in the healing power of the creative process and uses photography as a way to remain present and connected to the beauty found in the natural world. Heidi also enjoys writing, painting, drawing, and many other forms of creative self-expression.

About this photo: “I took this photo during a week-long escape to the Adirondack Mountains. I was feeling quite lost at that point in my life, and, as I often do, I went to nature to figure out what to do next. This photo has become a symbolic representation of my process with healing from the trauma I have experienced in my life: by entering into the dark, watery depths of my mind, I was able to break through those murky layers and reach a place of brilliant light.

See more from Heidi at her website or blog.


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26 responses to “Going In”

  1. Frank Avatar

    Heidi what a beautiful B/W picture. You got a fantastic reflection off the water! Great job Heidi!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Karen Avatar

    Wow, I love this. It is beautiful and it works for me as you intended, I think. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hank Shaw Avatar
    Hank Shaw


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  4. heidispitzig Avatar

    Reblogged this on Wild Call of the Soul and commented:
    Pretty awesome to share my work on this collective!


  5. kmanderson11 Avatar

    Reblogged this on K.M. Anderson and commented:
    You are truly gifted ! This moved me in ways that cannot be voiced .im honoured to share this with others . Keep posting!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. heidispitzig Avatar

      Thank you so much for your words and for sharing it!


  6. spartacus2030 Avatar

    If the world ever sat up and took notice of me, I’d probably crap my pants!


  7. curepornaddiction Avatar

    Reading your post, I begin to understand how depression and anxiety can teach me something about life. I was very encouraged reading your post. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. heidispitzig Avatar

      It can teach us so much, I think. Sometimes it’s hard to find a place where we can step outside of the depression or anxiety to take an objective look at what those lessons are, but, for me, being out in nature certainly helps me gain that perspective.

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  8. Chris Breebaart Avatar

    Beautiful, really love how it all flows in one another like it is connected, which it is 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. imaginarytree Avatar

    Heidi, I can relate to your personal story and I can relate to this photograph, it feels as if I could walk down this pathway into the water and disappear. The photograph is so crystal clear, the water, the reflections. An exquisite photograph. Thank you.

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    1. heidispitzig Avatar

      Thank you! The disappearing is the easy part for me…it’s finding my way back up through all the darkness that’s hard. 🙂


      1. imaginarytree Avatar

        I echo your feelings. It is so very easy to disappear and so very difficult to even have the energy to overcome the darkness.


  10. jimholroyd365 Avatar

    I’ve seen many entries for the challenge, this is my favourite interpretation of “serenity”, the scene looks so peaceful and proound.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. jimholroyd365 Avatar

      the last word in my comment should be “profound”


  11. bluebrightly Avatar

    A beautiful photograph Heidi! You ARE connected!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Incidental Scribe Avatar

    I love these pieces where photography is part of the healing process.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Jeff Avatar

    I love this photo! It’s one my favorites, so far.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. heidispitzig Avatar

    Thanks, everyone. Your thoughts mean so much to me.


  15. eLPy Avatar

    This is gorgeous. B&W was a great treatment for this and I think the light is perfect. The meaning behind it for you feels spot on. Great work. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Leya Avatar

    Great work!

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  17. autisticaplanet Avatar

    This is excellent. I think it should be framed and displayed. There is no rule that says only well known photographers (such as Ansel Adams) can display and even sell their own work.


  18. sylairda Avatar

    Reblogged this on Saudade.


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