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 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: “This photo was taken at a pioneer farm on an obscure island in Wisconsin. I enjoy it because of the order. As a person with OCD, I need order in my life. The woven tapestry has order of color and pattern. In the midst of my illness this picture gives me hope because I am woven together perfectly, flaws and all.


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3 responses to “Perfectly Woven Together”

  1. vronlacroix Avatar

    Beautiful and original photo for the challenge. Your perspective is open, and positive. I like your words ‘woven together perfectly, flaws and all’.


  2. Paula Jennings Avatar

    I love your photograph. The weaving is beautiful. I love all handcrafts.


  3. laurenbarnes06 Avatar

    Fantastic photograph, it’s great to see how photography has helped you. I hope you continue to find order and meaning through photography in the future. Thank you for sharing.


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