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 Nathan Walker, a man who was first diagnosed with autism when he was a young child. Learning how to live with autism was a challenge for him. From a young age he had a difficult time managing his emotional and social wellbeing. As the years progressed, he learned how to control his autism and made huge progress with his intellectual, emotional, and social skills. He is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree at Derby University in the United Kingdom. He believes he would not have made it to where he is today if it wasn’t for his family, friends, mentors, and tutors. He is truly thankful for the continuous help and support he has been given.

About these photos: “Each individual photograph has been created through self portraiture. Each photo contains an expression of intellectual, emotional, and social aspects of life. Overall this series of work is a celebration of life, love, and pride I not only have for myself but for my family, friends, tutors, mentors and role models for helping me develop my confidence. The photographs contain textural elements. During my childhood years textural surfaces were used as a therapeutic method to calm my emotional behaviour. Working with textural elements brings the past and present of my life together, presenting a part of who I am. Autism will always be part of who I am as an individual, but I can use it as an advantage in my creative practice in terms of observation for colour, pattern, shape, tone and texture.”

Find more from Nathan at his Facebook page, iartistnaynay.


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5 responses to “I Am Human”

  1. autisticaplanet Avatar

    Very creative. It looks like a process like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. I have autism as well.


  2. jenniferblue Avatar

    arresting images — thank you so much for sharing!


  3. James Work Photography Avatar

    Nathan…..very kewl image….jim


  4. everythingkira23420 Avatar

    love these they highlight so much of the sensory diversity people have


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