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 Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences with mental illness were a catalyst for her to discover her creative and spiritual gifts. She is now on a positive journey of wonder and change, using those gifts to help others.

About this photo: “When I was a kid there was a continual warning to not get too big for your britches. Fuck that. Playing small serves no one. Stand up straight and claim your place on this earth. You are made of love and that shit isn’t going to stay crammed inside you much longer.

Find more from Carrie at her website.

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4 responses to “Stand Tall”

  1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    Carrie, this is so stunning! i LOVE it! It’s like your holding court in nature. This exquisite photo frames your words so beautifully. I like the stark, barren branches, the beautiful light bathed in a soft haze and the striking interplay of light and shadow.

    “Playing small serves no one. Stand up straight and claim your place on this earth. You are made of love and that shit isn’t going to stay crammed inside you much longer.”<–YES!!!

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  2. frankaz2000 Avatar
    frankaz2000

    Carrie your right in the middle and your in full control of yourself and nature. Picture perfect senic beauty!!!

    Like

  3. SwittersB Avatar

    Love Carrie’s vision and courage.

    Like

  4. Meraki In Me Avatar
    Meraki In Me

    Powerful! I love it. I celebrate you. I support you. Let us be!!! ❤

    Like

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