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 Kathryne, a 26-year-old woman from the Upper East Side of New York City. In addition to growing up in a family surrounded by mental health challenges, she herself was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a freshman in college, in part the result of trauma that happened a few years prior. After years of ignoring the diagnoses, she decided to start to address the issue in 2012 when she was working to become a creative arts therapist. Through the use of photography, music, and theatre, as well as therapy, she has found a way to come back into her own.

About this photo: “I took this photo shortly before I moved out of my 1st New York apartment in 2014. It was my home for 3 years, and my daily view. When I reviewed this photo it became a great representation of where I stood in my life then, and now. The light was so beautiful, it was colorful, clear, yet a vast majority of the photo is still dark, still unclear. In this photo I see a love of life, hope, faith, surrounded by the darkness, the depression, the struggles, trauma, anxiety. Looking back at this photo now, I am taken right back to the moment I took it, seeing what has changed, and what has yet to transform.”

Find more from Kathryn at her blog.


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3 responses to “The Outlook”

  1. Frank Avatar

    Kathryne, what a simple and beautiful view of light and dark.


  2. karen Avatar

    Thanks for this– and good wishes.


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