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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.

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Photography by first-time contributor Ashley Whitt, a 29-year-old fine art photographer whose work deals with themes of duality within the self, psychological states, and mortality. After losing her mother to cancer in 2008, Ashley turned to art making as a way to process the anxiety and depression that overtook her life. She uses a variety of photographic techniques including dass transfers, digital manipulation in Photoshop, sculptural bookmaking, and traditional darkroom processes. Ashley is a Texas native and currently resides in Dallas. Ashley graduated from Texas Woman’s University where she earned her MFA in Photography in 2012. She graduated from UT Arlington with a BFA in Photography in 2009. Her work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally including Texas, Vermont, California, China, and India.

About this photo: “The Haunted Mind is a body of work that addresses themes of duality, anxiety, and mortality. When my mother passed away five years ago, I became consumed by depression and anxiety. These images are visual representations of the fears and anxieties that exist within myself. Multiple figures inhabit the frame to depict internal conflicts and the duality that exists within the self. Inspiration for the series comes from literature, film noir, nightmares, and an obsession with death. The images are primarily created in wooded areas and isolated landscapes in order to visually depict the unconscious mind.”

Find more from Ashley at her website.


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6 responses to “The Haunted Mind”

  1. tsullivan120 Avatar

    These photos are stunning and really emphasize the idea of anxiety and duality in oneself. Absolutely beautiful photography. Keep snapping 🙂

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    1. jasmindamaro Avatar

      finde deine seite gut und interessant es gruest dich lieb jasmin damaro

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      1. tsullivan120 Avatar

        Thank you!

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  2. iampeacenow Avatar

    Wonderful art. I agree – they perfectly express anxiety, depression, duality and even depersonalization. peace always


  3. michaelj51 Avatar

    Reblogged this on snave51.


  4. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    Eerie, enchanting and emotively compelling. I love the way you visually articulate all of the complex layers involved in duality, anxiety, depression, mortality and mental illness; as a whole. A STUNNING body of work, Ashley!


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