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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.

Photos taken by first-time contributor Ella, a 23-year-old woman who struggles with a mood disorder. Her disorder shows itself in various ways, including depression, anxiety, and impulse control issues. Things in life that should be simple, such as studying, working, and socializing, are difficult for Ella because of her mental health challenges as well as dyslexia. Things started to look up when she sought help. She now manages with a combination of therapies, medication, diet, and a healthy lifestyle.

About these photos: “4 faces of depression is made up of photos I took between filming during my video journal phase. For a few weeks I tried video journaling my moods as a way of expressing myself. This became harder on the days I felt really low because I wasn’t motivated to talk. The day I took these photos I had stepped back into photography over film to self document.” 


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5 responses to “Faces of Depression”

  1. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Beautiful woman discovering herself.

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  2. penylee56 Avatar

    Reblogged this on penylee56.


  3. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Such a great depiction of mood disorder (as someone who struggles with it, too).

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Karen Avatar

    thank you, Ella.


  5. grimshaw Avatar

    I appreciate your courage in sharing yourself so openly. This is such a gift to all of us who struggle. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

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