Self

Photo taken by contributor Mark, a portrait photographer from Durham, North Carolina, who lives with bipolar disorder. About this photo: “Self portrait. One of my many. I hate the way I look when I smile.”  Find more from Mark at his website. _____ **Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here ▸ Now a 501(c)3 non-profit! Please donate here. *Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & @DanielleHark. Follow for e-mail notifications.

Self Portrait #5

Photo taken by contributor Heidi Spitzig, a 37-year-old woman from the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Heidi is a survivor of childhood sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse and lives with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and DID. She believes in the healing power of the creative process and uses photography as a way to remain present and connected to... Continue Reading →

Having Faith

Photo taken by contributor Tracy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Glasgow, UK. Tracy has struggled with anxiety and depression for several years. She worked as an office assistant but was signed off work due to mental health issues. She deteriorated even more after that, with time spent in hospital, going to see counsellors, and... Continue Reading →

Refuge

Photo taken by contributor Ben. Ben suffers from an anxiety disorder that manifests itself as OCD and Depression. He also experiences especially low moods during the winter months. About this photo: “This is a picture from a walk I took with my family over winter.  It’s from the Magog Hills in Cambridgeshire.  There is an old settlement on top of... Continue Reading →

Overcoming Anxiety – Part II

Photos taken by contributor Racquel Fortuna, a 31-year-old woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Racquel lives with severe anxiety that causes her to shut herself off from the rest of the world. She often feels overwhelmed by fear, doubt, sadness, and isolation. Racquel’s internal battles were negatively impacting her life, both mentally and physically, until one day when she decided to challenge herself to turn things around. She started by taking better... Continue Reading →

Tranquility

Photo taken by contributor CJ, a 31-year-old female living in Chicago, Illinois. CJ has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for the past 12 years. In September 2014, her symptoms flared and she developed intrusive thoughts. For CJ these thoughts were highly distressing as the content was related to harming herself and others. She was diagnosed with... Continue Reading →

Illuminate

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital.... Continue Reading →

Construction Ballet

Please welcome first-time contributor Michael, a 50-year-old software engineer from New Zealand who was diagnosed with clinical depression several years ago. To help his treatment, his family presented him with a camera, and membership in the local photographic society. He and his camera have been constant companions ever since. In trying to communicate how his depression feels through photography, he has... Continue Reading →

Life With Eyes Half Open

Please welcome first-time contributor Alyssa, a 23-year-old woman from Michigan who has a BFA with an emphasis in photography from Northern Michigan University. Her fine art reflects controversial and personal subjects. She was diagnosed with general anxiety at the age of 10. She then went through a depressive state between 20-22 years old. Her anxiety is still is an issue today... Continue Reading →

Sunset and the Passing Storm

Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a 41-year-old health care professional who has battled depression and addiction for most of his life. He escapes by letting the camera become his mind’s eye, and hopes that each photo he takes allows others to see the world as he sees it,... Continue Reading →

A Quiet Place

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. Leya has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety. She also grew up in a highly anxious household with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our overactive... Continue Reading →

Difference in Sight

Photo taken by contributor Sunil Kora, a man in his twenties from Mumbai, India who works at a software company as a system engineer. He has experienced bouts of severe depression and isolation. Sunil believes his photos often capture his inner feelings and state of mind. About this photo: "Sometimes we can't see the things very near to us but we will focus... Continue Reading →

Negative (Body Image)

Photo taken by contributor Brandon Halley, a 20-year-old fine art photography student from St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon suffers from severe anxiety and depression, and is currently in recovery from self-harm. Realizing that photography and digital art were the only ways he knew how to relieve stress in a healthy manner, he started doing it more often in hopes... Continue Reading →

Drowning

Please welcome first-time contributor Ruby, a 20-year-old woman from England who has suffered from depression for the past eight years. As she nears the end of her degree in photography, she has decided to turn the camera on herself to try to understand, and learn to healthily cope with, the depression that overwhelms most of everyday. About... Continue Reading →

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