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 autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She has had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She’s been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as the MAAP Newsletter, a publication for those with ASD and those who love them.

About this photo: “Everything on the periphery is hinted at while the center screams for inclusion and understanding.

I’m here. I’m not a bad person. God declares it, whether or not you believe it-it’s true.

I can’t be around dogs or small children, but I love making jewelry and taking pictures. I listen to and care (at times too much) about people.

I am not less because of my struggles.

I am lonely, but not alone. God’s Holy Spirit never leaves me.

The beauty you see is God working through me.

The brokenness a reflection of The Fall.

I wish I was more connected, that I would find my niche.

I’m here, not part of the periphery.”

Find more from autisticaplanet at her website


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4 responses to “I’m Here”

  1. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Allison great closeup and colors!

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    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      Thank you:)!


  2. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Thank you to Broken Light and to all those who liked and commented. I think this best sums up how I feel about myself and my autism: I wish I could change some things, but only God can do that. There are other things that I would not give up. I need to let go and let God’s grace be at work. Prayers are more than welcome.

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