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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 Hank Shaw, a writer and amateur photographer who has had several family members who have struggled with serious depression. He lost a brother to suicide in 1984.

About this photo: “This photo was taken in Rochester, NY. It captures the fact that life is a path through beauty and danger.”


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8 responses to “The Path”

  1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    This is just so incredibly beautiful, Hank! You are talented! I love the way light and dark co-exist as illumination. The path is enchanting and at the same time unclear and uncertain. Mental illness can be so hard on our loved ones, who inevitably end up shouldering so much of the burden and the struggle. I am inspired by how you have utilized your creative talents to process the loss you have experienced. I can not fathom what that is like and i am so sorry you know that kind of grief. Sending you abundant love, light and healing. And thank you for sharing your story; a story that is not easy to talk about.

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  2. michaelj51 Avatar

    Reblogged this on snave51.


  3. Rambling Rose Avatar

    It certainly makes life look so ethereal. Beauty and danger, love and hurt. Great picture .. am sorry for your loss and pain. Blessings

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  4. autisticaplanet Avatar

    This looks like a painting. However you did this I would sure like to know! 🙂 I am also sorry you have to know the loss of family in the manner you have. God makes this journey called life bearable.


  5. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Absolutely beautiful.


  6. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    Thanks so much for the kind comments like many others on this site I find photography to be great therapy. Ps on technical issues I like to use iPhone apps like brushstroke and icolorama .

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  7. aasthapatel513 Avatar

    really liked it…awesome


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