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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 Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I adored icicles when I was a kid… I would look forward to the first freeze of the year every year… something about ice fascinated me… it still does. I am not really sure why, but ice just feels mysterious and magical to me. I love the way the ice catches the light, the way it throws rainbows, I love the way it looks like glass and seems so permanent but melts away in the sun… I longed for magic so much when I was a kid – It was my fondest dream. I wanted there to be some way for me to rescue myself…for me to rescue my cousins… to save us all from the pain and fear we were raised in… I wanted some hope of escaping the abuse… Now I look at the ice every winter and smile, knowing I make my own magic. Magic is all around me and it will never leave.”

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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7 responses to “Frozen”

  1. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    A beautiful photo and a stunning caption about it and life! 🙂

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  2. imaginarytree Avatar

    Winter is so silent. In the silence we can heal. Thank you for your beautiful photograph and for sharing your story.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. captivatingbitter Avatar

      Thank you so much – I’m glad you enjoyed it…


  3. Maria Fokas Avatar

    you captured the beauty of nature in your photograph, and your story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Diana Perkins Avatar
    Diana Perkins

    It is amazing how something so simple holds such incredible meaning. You captured a great photo of your magic.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    You have an incredible connection to nature, you see the extraordinary magic that most people overlook in their everyday lives. Your enthusiasm for it is wonderfully contagious. This photo is magnificent!


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