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 Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “This is from a series I did expressing my urge to fight and be strong. In the midst of all the stronger images, this one emerged and struck me as one that is probably more true than the rest. The hesitancy in finding that warrior. The vulnerability in taking a risk. Is this who I really am? Will I be laughed out of town? Will I be spotted as a fraud? These are the voices to fight against.

Find more from Carrie at her blog or flickr.


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7 responses to “Reluctant Warrior”

  1. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Great, Carrie, thanks!

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  2. Incidental Scribe Avatar

    Fight on noble warrior!

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  3. justme Avatar

    Love, LOVE this Carrie. Excellent work. I’ve reposted it on my blog for all to see! Go warrior spirit, GO!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Rhys Jones Avatar

    Another wonderful image Carrie!

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  5. chrisrenney Avatar

    A reluctant warrior but a warrior nonetheless. An extraordinary image of an extraordinary person – you really are.

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  6. shortlandpalmer Avatar

    I really love this image, and hope you keep the energy to fight on 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. kate1975 Avatar

    I love your work.

    Good and healing thoughts to you.


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