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 Joshua R Beharry, a 29-year-old from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has suffered from depression. Since recovering from a severe bout of depression in 2010, Josh has become a passionate advocate for mental health. He is currently the project coordinator for HeadsUpGuys, a website targeting men’s depression, and writes about his own recovery at Mental Health Point of View.

About this photo: “This is a photo from the first time I ever shot in a studio with strobes a few years ago. Back then I wasn’t very confident in my photography and was too shy to ask someone to pose, so I took some quick shots of myself. This is still one of my favourite photos; it reminds me that sometimes I just have experiment, learn as I go, and trust in my artistic sense to capture the moment. These days I mostly shoot natural light portraits and enjoy meeting new people though photography.”

Find more from Josh at his website or on Instagram @photosaysjosh.

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