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 contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Type II. Danielle is a writer, photographer, coach, and the Executive Director of Broken Light Collective.

About this photo: “I was deeply saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of Anna ‘Patty Duke’ Pearse, a mental health advocate who was one of the first celebrities to come out as having Bipolar Disorder. I was also inspired by revisiting her work. I realized it has been a while since I have contributed photography to Broken Light Collective. Ever since I came out of the ‘bipolar closet’, and dropped the veil of anonymity, it has become harder for me to share my personal work without getting stuck in my head.  So today, on World Bipolar Day, I am ready to share once again, and to take this opportunity to say how moved I am by the bravery and the powerful creative work shared by the members of this community, day after day.  

The Manic Brain. There’s something about dancing in the dark with my camera that just feels right in those moments when I’m revved and sleepless, and filled with electric currents of creative energy. Somehow the resulting light paintings always seem to perfectly reflect that state. Wild and unpredictable, and yet beautiful in all its chaos.”

Find Danielle on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and in her articles/interviews.


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5 responses to “The Manic Brain”

  1. Jo Hufford Avatar
    Jo Hufford

    Fantastic photo!


  2. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Looks like electronic rainbow, beautiful!


  3. Juansen Dizon Avatar

    Beautiful yet chaotic 🙂


  4. jenniferblue Avatar

    spot on. takes one to know one 😉


  5. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    Somehow the resulting light paintings always seem to perfectly reflect that state. Wild and unpredictable, and yet beautiful in all its chaos. <– Mania in all it's beautifully complicated and intricate splendor. I love the way you use photography to paint light, Danielle. And your heartfelt gratitude of the pioneering work and legacy of, Anna ‘Patty Duke’ Pearse. It's wonderful to have a chance to see the woman behind this incredible collective. Thank you for sharing more of your story with us.

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