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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 Liz Gilbert, a 28-year-old graphic artist who lives with schizoaffective disorder. Liz has made it a priority in her life to not be stigmatized by her disease. Being diagnosed at an early age, Liz has learned ways to deal with the challenges of living with schizoaffective disorder. She knows the hallucinations will pass and she is not powerless to them. She has not attempted suicide in many years, even though every day is a constant battle. Liz is not ashamed to talk about her past and has a desire to help others dealing with similar problems.

About this photo: “I wanted to created a life-like feeling with this doll. A sense of melancholy paired with a children’s toy from the 1970’s. Every day is a struggle, whether we show it or not.

Find more from Liz at her website.


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8 responses to “Melancholy”

  1. KleesButterfly Avatar

    This photo really moves me. Great depiction of melancholy, and great blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Liz Gilbert Avatar

      Thank you very much!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Bonnie Radcliffe Avatar

    Somehow this image strikes a very deep and moving chord. Brilliant and brave work.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. piningforest Avatar

    A beautiful image. The lighting is incredible.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. maryanahairmakeup Avatar

    LOVE dramatic picture😍

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Diana Perkins Avatar
    Diana Perkins

    This depicts melancholy oh so well. The lighting and shadows, in conjunction with the expression on the chosen doll is awesome.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jimholroyd365 Avatar

    powerful reflective image


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