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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 Celeste J. Heery, a 46-year-old woman from Virginia who has lived with depression for as long as she can remember. In 2004, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which had gone undiagnosed for many years because she did not know what mania was and therefore did not report her symptoms to her psychiatrist. With medication and psychotherapy, Celeste’s illness has become manageable, though problems still persist in her life as a result of the disorder, and she occasionally suffers from breakthrough depression.

About this photo: “This photo was taken in South Carolina, in an area where old barns are a part of the landscape. I was struck by the isolation and desolation of the lone structure, and my choice of sepia tint in post-processing helps to demonstrate the feelings I had experienced when I photographed it.

Find more from Celeste at her website.


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10 responses to “Lonely Barn”

  1. lifelessons Avatar

    What an incredible photo. Round of applause for Celeste!

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  2. Kathy Simmons Avatar

    There is a certain proudness to that old barn which remains standing in its decay perhaps awaiting renewal.

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  3. Thomas Slatin Avatar

    I made a career out of my passion for photograhing abandoned places like this. Very well done. I am very impressed!


  4. Jeff Avatar

    I checked out the photo page and bookmarked it! I love pictures of abandoned places.


  5. Quenby Sheree Avatar

    the lighting is so perfect for your subject


  6. InherentlyAdventurous Avatar

    Love the barn! Love the tone! Nicely done!


  7. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    This beautifully photographed barn is amazing in and of itself! “I was struck by the isolation and desolation of the lone structure,” <– visually articulated so well. I am happy your creativity has a place to blossom and your feelings can be expressed. You are talented!


    1. cjheery Avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind words.


  8. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I, too love photographing old barns. They seem to say something, visually, about weathering life’s storms. I love the angle you shot it at, very 3D like. Lots of angles and lines with the barn. Gotta keep shooting them. They aren’t making any more these days;)


  9. ChattyPhotography Avatar

    Interesting to read perspectives of people suffering from mental disorders. My auntie has bipolar which made her difficult at times, but the medication she now receives has made her the person she once was.


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