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 Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “I am the movement: This tells the story of energy. Of recognizing my true nature and realizing that I am ok just the way I am. I am not all the things I’ve labeled myself with. I am the movement and the energy and love.”

Find more from Carrie at her website.

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10 responses to “I Am the Movement”

  1. luro97 Avatar

    Thank you for putting into words and image what I needed at just this moment.

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  2. Rajiv Avatar

    I follow her work. She is excellent

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  3. poemcollision Avatar
    poemcollision

    great picture and thanks a lot for sharing your story!

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    poemcollision

    Reblogged this on poemcollision and commented:
    we are all the movement

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  5. bluebrightly Avatar

    Beautiful photo, and wonderful thoughts.

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  6. dimdaze Avatar

    A striking visual.

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  7. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    Carrie, it takes so much courage to share such personal struggles and even more so with the transparency of self-portraits. I love the ethereal feeling of this image. It encapsulates so many emotions. And the way you expressed it in words, “I am the movement: This tells the story of energy. Of recognizing my true nature and realizing that I am ok just the way I am. I am not all the things I’ve labeled myself with. I am the movement and the energy and love.”<— stunning, insightful and inspirational!

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