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.

Photos taken by contributor Shanna McKinney, a 40-year-old woman from Georgia who has struggled with an array of mental health challenges throughout her life. Only in the past few years during counseling for PTSD, anxiety, and depression, was she and the world introduced to Gidget, Squirt (Little Shanna), and Adrian, her dissociative identities. With the help of her alters, she is remembering and healing from sexual abuses from her past. Shanna took up photography early in her therapy to help ground her in the now, and help her see the beauty of today as she heals from the uglies of yesterday.

About these photos: “Last summer I looked high and low for bugs. I began to look for bugs everywhere. Spiders, walking sticks, stink bugs. The scarier the more beautiful they were to me.”

Find more from Shanna at her blog.


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9 responses to “Beauty Is In The Eye of The Beholder”

  1. observenttallguy Avatar

    As a big fan of most things entomological and arachnid I approve. Great to see this :0)


  2. alexvrince Avatar

    Reblogged this on an everyday life blog.


  3. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Way cool, Shanna! . .


  4. careabouteducation Avatar

    Reblogged this on careabouteducation and commented:
    Nice pict. thanks


  5. Ben Palmer Avatar
    Ben Palmer

    I love these shots, well done 🙂


  6. dodgysurfer Avatar

    Great shots and interesting subjects.


  7. Diana Perkins Avatar
    Diana Perkins

    Excellent photos of your beauties Shanna! Hoping that your dissociative identities take you to the place of healing that you are destined for.


  8. Anna Avatar

    I love bugs and take pics of them too. These are beautiful!!


  9. bluebrightly Avatar

    Great photos, and thanks for sharing your story. Keep making art!


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