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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 Katarina, a woman born in 1965 in a small town called Uddevalla, on the west-coast of Sweden. Katarina has been challenged with both mental and physical illnesses since an early age, including bipolar disorder. Being an introvert, art became a good way for her to communicate her feelings in a safe way. Her medium of choice has changed over the course of the years, from watercolor to photography and back again. When Katarina discovered photography in her teens, she also discovered an important tool for healing. Today she challenges the darkness from the bipolar depression that lurks in the background with light and color. Katarina’s goal is to create inspiring, beautiful art that can affect the lives of others. She gets most of her inspiration from nature. She chooses to work mainly with flowers because she finds them to be a fantastic playground for her creative mind with their colors and shapes. Katarina doesn’t use Photoshop to create her style, she works intuitively with her Canon EOS 5D Mark III and macro objective Canon EF 100/2,8 L IS, or the Lensbaby Composer, macro filters 4 and 10. Working with these macro objectives gives her the equipment to create an intimate feeling that she embraces wholeheartedly.

About this photo: “My love for Tulips is undisputable. So many variations in shapes and colors...you just can’t not love them.”

Find more from Katarina at her website.


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2 responses to “White Tulip 3”

  1. Annie from Australia Avatar

    Captivating photo
    I can see the beauty of the tulip
    I can also see the tulip morph into an image of spilt milk splashing as it falls
    In fact this beautiful flower looks so good, like white chocolate and edible
    Then I look closer and the flower looks like it is under water, in a beautiful reef, with fish swimming around it and beautiful reef coral amid the the flower as it sways in the water..
    It is more than a photo of a Tulip , it is a truly living, moving, delicious, titillating Tulip
    I will go and visit Katarina
    Thankyou for this post and photo, my favourite so far
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊


  2. Katarina Fagerström Levring Avatar

    Hi Annie. Thank you for your beautiful and poetic words about this tulip. I was really moved.


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