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 Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world.

About this photo: “This photo is a visual depiction of how I feel. It is skewed and disturbing because there are no eyes in the image of myself. It was shot in the stained metal mirror of the public bathroom where I bathe and shave. I was recently kicked out of my house and am living in my car. I have not seen my kids in 6 months. They won’t even talk to me. They are all in therapy. Two of them are on psych meds. I am very worried about them and how I caused their anxiety, fear and depression. I feel abandoned and alone and angry at myself for acting out over the years.  I never knew life could be this horrible. I still have a job, am seeing a psychiatrist, and taking my meds, which help me from going over the edge, but other that I am all alone and filled with despair and remorse.”


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4 responses to “Living In My Car”

  1. Laura L. Avatar

    Very powerful image that does really convey the feeling of despair and being fractured. While I’m not living out of my car, I’ve been 99% homeless, unemployed and, yes, I can relate. It is important for the images here to reflect the dark times for those affected with mental illness and everything it touches.

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  2. Hank Shaw Avatar
    Hank Shaw

    very creative and very effective


  3. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Sweet good God but this is a moving image and post! Good luck my brother, I wish you the best and hope things improve greatly soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. bluebrightly Avatar

    It’s a tough disease and we can see it has ravaged your family, but there are gifts, and there are possibilities. Keep putting your thoughts and feelings out there, by image and word, and take care.


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