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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.

Photo taken by contributor Cari, a 31-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, who has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder for the past 12 years. She was recently hospitalized in September 2014 for suicidal and homicidal intrusive thoughts. These distressing symptoms were very new and foreign to Cari. Cari has been participating in intensive treatment since her release from the hospital to regain stability. Cari has found photography is a critical part of her recovery. The intrusive thoughts that she had were very vivid and photography has been a great outlet for her to create new images in her brain. Cari’s ongoing work with photography has assisted in her overall ability to find herself again.

About this photo: “I saw this statue in a park in a suburb of Chicago. It spoke to me as the statue’s body is tattered and pieced together which is similar to how I feel about my self-injury. However, what stands out is the statue is standing tall amidst her brokenness. I see her as stoic.  I have been feeling less broken lately and more stoic in my journey which is refreshing and beautiful. I know that despite my scars and brokenness at times, I can stand tall and be stoic like this statue.”


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4 responses to “Stoic Amongst Brokenness”

  1. Hank Shaw Avatar
    Hank Shaw

    an impressive image and story. keep shooting!


  2. Incidental Scribe Avatar

    Love this shot. I hope you continue to use photography to help you on your journey.


  3. Diana Perkins Avatar
    Diana Perkins

    My hope if that you will continue to less broken, and have increased periods of standing tall and feeling stoic! Such a wonderful photograph to depict what you have experienced.


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