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 Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last five years.

About this photo: “Sometimes I get so down when people cancel their photo shoots or the weather ruins the shoot. But if I only get myself to take my camera and just create something, even it is not the same thing I was going to shoot, but just create, it helps. To play around with props, different lighting techniques or just wonder around in nature. Just something that can lift your spirit up. And maybe you can come up with something which can lift someone else’s up too.

Find more from Teija at her blog.

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2 responses to “Lift Your Spirit Up”

  1. Helen of Troy Fashion Avatar

    Such a moving story! Creating trully is a way of lifting the spirit!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    Love this picture!!

    Like

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