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 Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age four, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and in her late 20′s she finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with Bipolar, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD from 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:

The eyes do not lie
Weakening the surface of the social masks we wear
A bruised and battered soul can betray the prettiest smile
As the pain seeps through to the surface
Speaking volumes to our emotions and life experience

Find more from Jaeda at FacebookTwitter and YouTube, and follow Broken Light Collective’s Mental Health Month awareness campaign as Jaeda will be feature in a video later this month!

*Our Mental Health Month awareness campaign is live! Stay tuned to YouTubeFacebook, Twitter/Instagram: @brokenlightco & @daniellehark for BLC contributor videos & more…

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8 responses to “Haunted”

  1. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Jaeda very haunting potrait. Beautiful mysterious look this picture has!

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  2. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

    This is a very powerful image.

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  4. toniandrukaitis Avatar

    Very interesting image.


  5. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Wonderful photo and description!

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  6. Cla-c Avatar

    beautiful again ,so powerful .congrats Jaeda


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