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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 first-time contributor Lucey Keast, an 18-year-old student photographer from Cornwall, England. During her first few weeks of university Lucey began to feel sad and low to an upsetting degree. At first she thought it was just homesickness until it became worse and she was crying all the time. She discussed the feelings with her study skills tutor and councilor, and decided it was time to see the doctor. She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and put onto medication. Lucey had been interested in photography for around six years and started to follow her passion when things got tough. She is now on track to earn a photography degree. Lucey finds that photography helps her to stay calm and in control. It also helps her express herself. Lucey is doing better now, she has good days and bad days, but she is determined to receive her degree.

About this photo: “A mental illness can bring up all kinds of feelings and emotions. For me it feels as if I’m drowning in these feeling and emotions. The feeling that I’m wrong in some way, the voices in my head, these things take over and I begin to feel myself going under. I wanted to show this through a visual metaphor so I created this photograph. However, there is a way out of mental illness. The bubbles represent hope, as they’ve reached the surface, they made it out. So just keep going, one bubble at a time.” 

Find more from Lucey at her Facebook page.


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4 responses to “Drowning In Emotion”

  1. coduez Avatar

    What a great post.
    I too suffer from anxiety and depression as a result of living with a chronic illness. That feeling of drowning is something i’ve known all too well. It’s resulted in many nightmares of watching my family on the edge has my head slips under.
    Using photography has helped me regain that feeling of control, it’s therapeutic.
    It’s interesting to see other photographers doing the same for similar reasons.

    Loved the post.


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  2. Queenie Avatar

    great and interesting post x


  3. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I love the bubbles emerging from this image. It shows a fight for life. I’m on the autism spectrum. For me, I feel like anxiety and sensory overload, which produces anxiety are millstones pulling me into the deep. I find prayer to be an effective tool along with rocking (my primary stim) in a rocking chair and using deep breathing techniques. I also take medication to cope with my anxiety and do exercise-nothing big, just 30 minutes of walking 3-4 days a week. God bless you on your way to earning a photography degree!


  4. Eclectic Evelyn Avatar

    Some days the bubbles are all we have to cling to.


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