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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.

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul.

About this photo: “I’ve driven past this tree for over 9 years to and from work. It stands alone in a field with its dark  trunk and branches calling out to everyone. See me. Hear me. Connect with me. I’ve always had this bond/love for this tree. Somehow I just connect with its loneliness, its strength, its beauty against the sky and the empty field around it. The tree has been there through my diagnosis. Through my therapy sessions. Through changing medications and doctors. Through fears and ups and downs. The tree always reminds me to stand tall through the storm. I snapped this picture a few months ago of my tree. Sadly two weeks ago, a storm took it down completely. But inside, I have that tree’s energy rooted inside of me. It gives me strength and hope against whatever I might face, even on the days when I feel isolated and alone. On days when Darkness takes hold, I look at this picture and remember…I have the memory of my mighty tree rooted within me…”

Find more from Jacque at her blog.


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9 responses to “Roots”

  1. Mish Avatar

    Beautiful photo and an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. god[isms] Avatar

      Thanks Mish!


  2. laurent domergue Avatar

    Don’t mess with my Roots …!!! totemwood.wordpress.com

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Atomic Avatar

    So awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. god[isms] Avatar

      Thank you Atomic😃


  4. Mike Abraham Avatar

    Powerful image Jacque. I find that trees and skies provide the most evocative and spiritual images for my photography and in dealing with my own struggles.

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    1. god[isms] Avatar

      Thanks for your comments Mike!
      I totally agree. Nature and photography are both a big part of my therapy.


  5. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    I am so happy you immortalized this majestic tree. Exquisite work, Jacque! And such a touching story behind the photograph and your personal connection to this tree. What an incredible way to experience it.


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