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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 Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties, and married for the second time. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression, until one day in his early thirties it all came crashing down. His anxiety turned to severe panic attacks. Fear and paranoia consumed him. It would take years to get a concrete diagnosis. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, general and social anxiety, and ADHD. It was around that time when he picked up the camera he had laid down some years back, and began to shoot again. He liked being behind the camera’s lens. He felt safe there, sort of like when a child puts his hands over his own eyes, thinking you cannot see him. Some of his photographs have been published and won a number of awards.

About this photo: “I took this photo one morning. I was driving to work and as I rounded a turn I saw this amazing sunrise over Perch Lake in Sparta, Wisconsin. I had to stop and shoot it. I pulled over by a dock, grabbed my camera bag and tripod, and ran to the lake. I set up my camera on the tripod and began shooting. I shot around 20 frames, with varying settings, as fast as I could, since sunrises don’t last very long. The entire event lasted about 10 minutes. Hopefully, the photographs will last forever.”

Find more from Don at his website and Facebook.


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16 responses to “Sunrise on Perch Lake”

  1. Frank Avatar

    Don really ootstanding landscape picture! Great and beautiful use of nature! Keep them coming!


  2. Rambling Rose Avatar

    What an wonderful sunrise you have here !!! IT’s so difficult to capture sun and moonscapes. This is beautiful.


    1. Don Graham Avatar

      Thank you. You’re right. You only have minutes.


  3. mishunderstood Avatar

    Stunning photography. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  4. hank shaw Avatar
    hank shaw

    a brillant image


  5. bluebrightly Avatar

    This is so well composed and the light is delicately handled. I lived in western NC for a time and it’s easy to imagine the years you spent there without having the benefit of understanding. Glad you picked up the camera again!


    1. Don Graham Avatar

      Thank you! The camera has been my saving grace.


  6. Karen Avatar

    Wonderful photograph. I am glad both that you finally got some help and that you can create such an image. Thank you.


    1. Don Graham Avatar

      Awe thank you!


  7. autisticaplanet Avatar

    This is absolutely heavenly. Thanks for sharing! Keep sharing.


  8. Don Graham Avatar

    Oh my, what a special comment. Thank you!


  9. dimdaze Avatar

    Reblogged this on dimdaze.


  10. Melisa Avatar

    Wow, this is magnificent! It looks therapeutic, thank you for sharing it! ♡


  11. Don Graham Avatar

    Oh my word. I have been away for a while. I can’t believe I’ve received all these wonderful comments. Y’all made my day. Thank you!


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