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 first-time contributor Estelle Haward, a 52-year-old mother of three, and grandmother to a bunch of boys ranging from 2 months to 12 years. Estelle has battled mental health issues for most of her life. She finds that feelings, be it joy, peace, or sadness, when captured in an image last through seasons and heal the wounds of this scary and amazing life.

About this photo: “The pure joy experienced and expressed by children are a constant reminder to “be kind,” “stay pure,” and not complicate life. Just be and never be scared to live on the edge.


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7 responses to “Pure Joy”

  1. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    Lovely series


    1. Estelle Haward Avatar

      Thank you. Joy is precious…


  2. galeweithers Avatar

    Great pics; all definitely joyful.


    1. Estelle Haward Avatar

      Thank you so much….joy is what keeps the dark at bay…those little streams of light that seep through the cracks…

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  3. Paula Jennings Avatar

    I love these joyful photos and what you had to say!


    1. Estelle Haward Avatar

      Thank you so much Paula…I just love the pure energy and joy that children bring to this journey…keeps the soul and heart light always reminding us to be light…


  4. Estelle Haward Avatar

    Reblogged this on Murmers of a Wandering Soul and commented:
    Broken Light: A photography collection – so grateful for the publication of my contribution…let the light always light our souls in a million little ways every day…


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