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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 recently at Letchworth Gorge in Western New York. It’s called “intensity.” In my view, it captures the higher highs and lower lows that so many people with mental health issues experience. Sometimes, photography, image making, and creativity help people deal with the volatility.”


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3 responses to “Intensity”

  1. esperanzaescribe Avatar

    Bella fotografía… Este árbol aunque no habla, expresa su fuego interno.


  2. Paula Jennings Avatar

    this photo is spectacular! it almost seems surreal. Did you do a lot of editing to it?


  3. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    I edited this with an iPhone app called icolorama which helped me achieve the surreal look.


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