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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.

Photo taken by contributor CJ, a 31-year-old female living in Chicago, Illinois. CJ has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for the past 12 years. In September 2014, her symptoms flared and she developed intrusive thoughts. For CJ these thoughts were highly distressing as the content was related to harming herself and others. She was diagnosed with OCD at that time and began an intensive partial hospitalization program (PHP). CJ has since graduated from her PHP program, returned to work, and has been able to manage her symptoms. The intrusive thoughts have mostly subsided, but still flare up in times of great stress. CJ now has tools to deal with the thoughts and continues to participate in individual therapy. She has found photography to be a healthy outlet. Through photography CJ is able to replace some of the distressing violent images in her mind with positive and uplifting images. Photography has become a daily aspect of her life that promotes stability and wellness.

About this photo: “So many parts of this photo resonate to my overall well-being.  I often feel that my emotions are a storm brewing that I somehow need to navigate through. Sometimes I abandon myself and try to escape the emotional pain through destructive acts. I have been much more healthy in the past year since my psychiatric hospitalization and use photography as a way to express myself.  This shot speaks for itself on those dark days of utter abandonment with a storm coming in.”


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5 responses to “Stormy Abandonment”

  1. michaelj51 Avatar

    Reblogged this on snave51.


  2. 3kids2cats1divorce Avatar

    I really love this image.


  3. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    Powerful work, powerful words. I love the ominous sky and the sense of foreboding is palpable, along with the sense of abandon. Thank you for sharing your internal landscape with us, CJ, that takes courage :).

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  4. Zoe Avatar

    Powerful. That’s how I feel most of the time. Calm before the storm.


  5. butterfudge Avatar

    really lorve this….It takes greatest of courage to share your inner feelings with others….i feel as though i can feel your feelings x


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