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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 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 lots of medications, with various side effects. She decided that she didn’t want to live like that anymore and she wanted to make her daughter proud of her, so she pushed herself to go back to college where she chose to study photography. She quickly realized how much she loved every aspect of photography. Although she still has very dark days, she continues to push herself and carry on doing what she loves.

About this photo: “The Beauty of the Different. This image was taken during a walk with my dog near our home. On that particular day we ventured to a part of the forest we do not usually go to. I was trying to practice mindfulness techniques at the time when I came across this particular little tree. It stood out to me because of it’s vibrant colour when all the other trees round about it had dark brown leaves falling from it. It was different. But different is good. It also made me think of how I feel quite a lot, surrounded by lots of people yet feeling utterly alone.”

Find more from Tracy at her website.


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6 responses to “The Beauty of the Different”

  1. Rambling Rose Avatar

    It’s wonderful that you picked up the beauty of this little plant … and by analogy the beauty of being different. So many ways to describe this pic …. small is beautiful … dare to be different … shining in a dark work …how far that little candle throws its beam … smiling through the clouds …rays of hope

    Thanks so much for such a wonderful eye to beauty and photography.

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  2. trietnguyen1982 Avatar

    Yeah, very impressive photo!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. mrsanderson601 Avatar

    Thanks guys! 🙂


  4. susanheney Avatar

    Reblogged this on shensea.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. spiral Avatar

    This photo is a beauty. I trully love it and your story behind it as well. Keep going, you are NOT alone!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. property in spain Avatar

    Saaved as a favorite, I like yoour blog!


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