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.

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age 4, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and in her late 20′s she finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with Bipolar, OCD, PTSD, Anxiety, and ADHD. Her doctors told her they believed the mental illness was brought on by a severe concussion she sustained at age two, along with the trauma of being sexually abused as a child into her young adult years. Her life was filled with self-destructive coping methods until she went full force into creating, in her mid-twenties. The process of creating and putting herself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to her and ignited a kind of passion within that she didn’t even know she was capable of experiencing. She has been on an ever-evolving, healing journey, ever since.

About this photo: “Creating is one of the most healing and anxiety-reducing activities, for me. When I am in the creative realm, everything else disappears… darkness can be transformed into light, pain has a positive purpose. The creative realm is a safe harbor for my deepest emotions.

I share this picture as a way to celebrate my friends, fellow creatives, love and the divine. Each of you is a fabulously unique thread, woven into the beautiful fabric of our collective consciousness.”

Find more from Jaeda at FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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7 responses to “Inner Illumination”

  1. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    A lovely story behind this photo keepshooting

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    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      Thank you, Hank, i will! 🙂

      Like

    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      Thank you, Matt 🙂

      Like

  2. trustyourself13 Avatar
    trustyourself13

    Reblogged this on trustyourself13.

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  3. audball18 Avatar
    audball18

    What a beautiful post! I just have to say, I love everything about this blog, it is very inspiring!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      Thank you, so much 🙂

      Like

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