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.

Please welcome first time contributor Kevin W. Gardner. Kevin has been suffering with mental illness all of his life. He deals with mental illness through photography and through music. He has a case manager that is supportive of his photography work.

About these photos: “I took this photo in the rural town of Bluejacket, Oklahoma. During this time, I recently lost a loved one and during the Memorial Day weekend I went out and visited her grave, and on the way back I had the inspiration to take photos of the trees covering the road and the little brook that flowed through the woods.

Whenever I get stressed out, I look at these photos and it helps me to calm down.”

Find more from Kevin at his website.


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2 responses to “Calm in the midst of the Storm”

  1. the Prodigal Orphan Avatar

    Kevin –
    Tell you what, my friend:
    I’ve been there. Not mental illness, although I have been there. Depression, Anxiety, ADD, and I’m still there. But that’s not the “there” I’m talking about.
    The breathtaking shot of your’s takes me back to the creek that ran in front of our house in Fiddletown (yes… “Fiddletown”), California.
    Sitting in the back of eighteen acres, about another twenty between us and our closest neighbors. Walk out our front door a couple of hundred feet, sit by the creek.
    Me, our Boxer Sundance, my Walkman/Discman and Stephen Stills / Neil Young / Rachmaninoff.
    And my thoughts, none of which seemed to be as much of a burden as long as I was There.
    This is a vision that most of us only see inside of us, and you captured it beautifully.


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  2. bluebrightly Avatar

    I’m glad you’ve found this outlet – the photo is wonderful, with its interesting sense of beauty and mystery at the same time, coexisting.

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