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.

Please welcome first-time contributor Del, a man who was diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 51. His diagnosis came after a nearly fatal intentional overdose, and consequent admission to a mental healthcare hospital. Now aged 53 and living in South East London he still struggles with his condition, and uses his photography and art therapeutically. He is often heard to say that he is at his happiest while behind the lens, or brandishing a pencil or paintbrush.

About this photo: “This image is entitled ‘Pane’ and was taken during my time in hospital in 2013. It is the view from my room overlooking other buildings within the hospital grounds. I ended up taking a series of images of the hospital grounds and environs (with permissions) to act as a reminder to myself.

It was captured using my old Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone, and edited largely on the handset, with additional manipulation created on a temperamental laptop after being discharged.”

Find more from Del on his website


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6 responses to “Pane”

  1. Del Oldham Avatar
    Del Oldham

    Thank you for including my image within the collective. It means a lot to share my work and to enjoy the contributions from others.


  2. karen Avatar

    Your photo captures a feeling, a place– I like it very much. Thank you, and good wishes for your way forward.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Del Oldham Avatar
      Del Oldham

      Thank you 😀


  3. Robert Crisp Avatar
    Robert Crisp

    What a moving image…thanks for sharing it.


    1. Del Oldham Avatar
      Del Oldham

      Thank you 😀


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