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 Samantha Pugsley, a conceptual fine art photographer in her twenties from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning, shopping at the grocery store, driving her car…just living, was a panic attack waiting to happen. Photography helped her heal. With her camera she could start a conversation about what was going on in her head. She could say things with her images that she didn’t know how to say out loud.

About this photo: “There was a time in my life when being alone was painfully lonely. Being alone kept some of my anxiety at bay but brought about depression because it was hard to be alone with my thoughts. It gave me time to obsess over my inability to communicate and my failures. It reminded me of all the ways I was broken. When I found photography and started creating, being alone morphed into something spiritual. Now, spending time alone gives me peace and a time to reflect instead of silence to self-deprecate. Creating the above image while standing in the quiet of this foggy morning is probably the most at-peace I have ever been in my entire life.

Find more from Samantha at flickr.


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9 responses to “Winter Fog”

  1. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    A very lovely and haunting image


  2. Frank Avatar

    Beautiful lady with stunning background! Keep them comming Samantha!


  3. smilecalm Avatar

    there’s a little
    light shining,
    outward 🙂


  4. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Gorgeous shot.


  5. John Kelly Avatar
    John Kelly

    great atmosphere, I love this image, well done.


  6. Inspired Counselling Avatar
    Inspired Counselling

    This is such a terrifying but also very peaceful scene for me? I love the words and meaning behind this picture. Benefits for being alone at times is underestimated by many people. Mindfulness for example. Stephen.


  7. I Mean Well. Avatar
    I Mean Well.

    Love this photo. The birds taking flight in the back round is just awesome.


  8. jasmindamaro Avatar

    sehr schoenes bild es gruest jasmin damaro


  9. nicolás Avatar

    Un buen ambiente y me gusta la presencia humana que resulta etérea. Me gusta. Saludos.


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