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 Matt Williams from Portsmouth, UK. In his late teens and early twenties he learned that he was living with bipolar disorder. He felt lost and in many ways just existing rather than really living life. He has since stabilized, and discovered things that are good for him, such as creativity, and what he should avoid. His bipolar has led him to experience periods of immense joy and at other times wondering why the world is so crazy. Mostly, he treasures those close to him who have supported him and shown him that the world is really worth sticking around for. The capacity to love and be loved is at the centre of this.

About this photo: “Special Place 1. Summer 2015. West Sussex South England, UK. Sometimes it is important to get out of the city if you live in one.  Things are not all bricks and mortar and nature or country life can have distinct advantages for the soul and your wellbeing. I stumbled across this view while out on a long 40 mile cycle ride.  It is the entrance to someone’s house – inviting, calm and peaceful.  Something we all need from time to time.

Find more from Matt at his blog.


9 responses to “Special Place 1”

  1. David Avatar

    Great photo – it’s very summery!

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  2. escharae Avatar

    You know when a photograph is special when you wish you were there.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. compostingwords Avatar

    Stunning photo! Walking from the dark into the light.

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  4. Karen Avatar

    Thanks– I’d like to walk here.


  5. Matt Williams Avatar

    Hi all. Thanks for the encouraging comments. English country village at its best. Lovely little hideaway house! Matt 🙂


  6. Paula Jennings Avatar

    beautiful photo! I sense so much peace on that path…


  7. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Your photo evokes peace. I agree wholeheartedly about getting away from it all and am blessed to have a few places close to home in which to do so as well as photograph.


  8. Matt Williams Avatar

    Thanks again for the positive comments. A tranquil place seems so far from the city. Usually though it’s not so far 🙂


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