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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.

Please welcome first-time contributor Rayne, a woman in her early thirties who was recently diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder. She’s struggled with depression her entire life, and never felt that she truly belonged anywhere. Passionate about photography and helping others, her goal is to start studying psychology as soon as she is able to.

About these photos: “You can be staring out at the ocean, on a beautiful cloudless day, and all of a sudden the wind starts blowing, clouds appear in the sky, and a storm approaches. That’s what happened the day this photo was taken. The wind had just picked up, and the clouds were starting to come in from behind us. This photograph reminds me of my own emotions. How quickly they can change, and how it can feel like an unstoppable force at times. It also represents loneliness, abandonment, and the depression that feels like a dark cloud all around me, and within me.”

Find more from Rayne at her website.

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3 responses to “The Ocean In Me”

  1. autisticaplanet Avatar

    A very powerful photograph. My emotions change based on the influence of others and sensory balance or lack thereof.

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  2. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Rayne very well done! Beautiful view of you, beach, ocean, mountains and sky! Perfect placements and breathtaking views!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rayne Avatar

    Reblogged this on Journey Toward Healing and commented:
    I was recently featured on a beautiful website, Broken Light Collective, and thought I’d share it here too. Photography is an amazing art form, which helps me find the beauty in life and this incredible planet we call home. It’s also a great way to express and explore our feelings.

    I wrote a little something that I feel ties in with this photo of the same name “The Ocean In Me”.

    A calm and beautiful ocean lies in front of me
    But today, today she has other plans
    Clouds gather in the distance
    Close, closer
    The light breeze not content anymore
    Sweeping over me, blowing faster
    Running from the intensity to follow
    Thunder rages, announcing the storm

    They don’t understand, they can’t
    Waves crashing over one another
    Emotions rising and falling
    Fast, faster
    Sweeping me up in the current
    Struggling beneath the waves
    Desperate, coming up for air
    Only to be swept up, and away again

    A calm and beautiful ocean lies in front of me
    And today, today she is content

    Liked by 1 person

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