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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.

Please welcome first-time contributor John Blair, an artist in his forties who resides in St. Louis, Missouri. John is a priest in residence at St. Claire and St. Francis Ecumenical Catholic Community. For over a decade, he has worked primarily in health care, as a chaplain and spiritual counselor. He has provided spiritual care and counseling to patients, client’s and/or their families in mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and church settings. John has also personally struggled with depression. He has been able to manage through receiving professional and spiritual counseling, loving support from others, and using his faith, as resources. He has found purpose and meaning in his life through photography, painting, writing poetry, and making music. John has a Doctorate of Ministry, an MA in Professional Counseling, a Masters of Divinity and an AB in English.

About this photo: “Each of the models in these photographs were able to demonstrate through their physical posture and emotional affect my experience of depression, both in providing treatment to others, and my own struggles with it. One of the difficulties of depression is the painful awareness that something is wrong,  but the inability to “fix” the problem. There can be the further embarrassment of knowing one needs professional support, but not knowing how to ask for that help or even worse, the feeling that asking for help would be futile. Yet these photographs are my visual testimony, if you will, that depression can be endured and withstood. While there may be re-occurring episodes of depression, in learning to live with it, many of us can become more empowered and discover a depth of meaning and joy to living that otherwise, some of us may never have realized.


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6 responses to “Withstanding Depression”

  1. idoartkarenrobinson Avatar

    Hi John,

    Your words about finding ‘meaning and purpose’ in life rang very true with myself. It was during a period of time in my life when this became apparent to me, that by finding meaning and purpose helps to substantiate ones life and in turn helps others around us as well – this is what I have found. Depression can be so hard for others to understand and even harder for those experiencing depression.

    Thank you for sharing…warm regards Karen

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  2. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Great stuff, John, depression truly hurts, but there are silver linings, thanks . .


  3. Incidental Scribe Avatar

    Beautiful pictures. ..I am glad to know there are people out there who try to understand depression and help those effected.

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  4. She_Who_Hears Avatar

    Reblogged this on She_Who_Hears.

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  5. Bruce Allinson Avatar

    Powerful and emotive photography

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  6. Diana Perkins Avatar
    Diana Perkins

    It is wonderful to know that there are truly caring and understanding people in the midst of what seems like large crowds in this big world. The photos captured the that can t times feel all consuming. Thank you for contributing!

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