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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 Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last five years.

About this photo: “This photograph represents how I feel often, that I am running from myself, trying to be something that I am not. I pretend to be strong lots of times, and actually I am much more weak in many ways that I let others to see.

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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12 responses to “Running From Myself”

  1. tinaartishere Avatar

    This photo is really good.
    Once I heard that depression can lead you to death or to enlightment.
    For me whatever expression of Arts is perfect to enlightment, so go on making photos Teija, you are amazing!

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    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you for your kind words ❤


  2. Kevin Gardner Avatar

    love your photos keep up the good work.

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    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you Kevin ❤ 🙂


  3. michaelj51 Avatar

    Reblogged this on snave51.

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  4. Frances D Avatar

    She’s just beautiful. Sending good vibes her way.

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  5. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Having followed your blog for so long, I am always confounded at how well you capture and show feminine weakness and strength. This picture is just another great example of that!

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    1. Moodphototeija Avatar

      thank you dear ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  6. uwoodtrendsetter Avatar

    This is extraordinary! I had to share this on pinterest! Your photo captured the content beautifully! I hope she doesn’t let life get her down! 🙂


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  7. badfish Avatar

    I understand. I play hide and seek with myself sometimes. But you know, I’ve come to understand that life is not as serious as we make it.

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