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 Samantha Pugsley, a conceptual fine art photographer in her twenties from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery store, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud.

About this photo: “On the days where my anxiety is really bad, it’s impossible for me to see anything but the dread and worry. I decided to be as literal as I could be while creating this. In this image, the woman wears a beautiful dress and holds a beautiful bouquet but she can’t see them to experience their beauty. She is caught in her own chaos, oblivious to everything around her.”


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6 responses to “Caught in Her Own Chaos”

  1. AJ Avatar

    Powerful. I can relate and understand where you are coming from. Thank you for sharing.


  2. luro97 Avatar

    That’s just awesome! Thank you for posting this.


  3. Dynaries Avatar

    Very nice picture….


  4. andy townend Avatar

    stunning and very moving…


  5. rversteeRobert Avatar

    a wonderfull image, enough room over to imagine something, great one


  6. blueribbonfair Avatar

    So appropriate for how it feels to live with terrible anxiety. I love your illustration for it.


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