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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 contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Jaeda’s battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age 4, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. She struggled with her mental health throughout her childhood and teen years until her late twenties when she finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with Bipolar, OCD, PTSD, Anxiety, and ADHD. Her doctors told her that they believed the mental illness was triggered by a severe concussion she sustained at age two, along with the trauma of being sexually abused as a child into her young adult years. Her life was filled with self-destructive coping methods until she went full force into creating, in her mid-twenties. The process of creating and putting herself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to her and ignited a kind of passion within that she didn’t even know she was capable of experiencing. She has been on an ever-evolving, healing journey, ever since.

About this photo: “It was one of those days. I was angry and tired of fighting the dark thoughts. I felt so worn down by mental illness. Reduced to raw remnants, isolated, hopeless—completely unraveled by these demons run amok in my mind. So I surrendered, letting myself sink into the downward spiral of despair. I welcomed depression in, like an old melancholy friend. I let its winter chill me to the bone with a landscape that was cold and quiet, bleak and barren. It was almost peaceful, in its own morbid way.

Find more from Jaeda at FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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11 responses to “Unraveled”

  1. frankaz2000 Avatar
    frankaz2000

    Jaeda beautiful eyes and pose!

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      frankaz2000

      Thank U Autisticaplanet and Jaeda. Have a great and peaceful week!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Rajiv Avatar

    Brilliant… This is super

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      Many thanks, Rajiv 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rajiv Avatar

        Well, if I may pay you a compliment, you have fantastic eyes

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  3. Moodphototeija Avatar

    Jaeda ❤ you are so beautiful, inside and out!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      What warm and wonderful words to receive! Thank you so much, Teija. Love and Light ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  4. RockstarVanity Avatar

    Beautiful photo and a powerful story too.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind words :).

      Like

  5. Kitt O'Malley Avatar

    Powerful image. Haunting words.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

      Thank you, Kitt 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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