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 Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences with mental illness were a catalyst for her to discover her creative and spiritual gifts. She is now on a positive journey of wonder and change, using those gifts to help others.

About this photo: So incredibly grateful for some kind of portal that opened up. Channeling all that goodness….this was the best day I’ve had in a long time.

Find more from Carrie at her website


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8 responses to “Grateful”

  1. ksbeth Avatar

    wonderful –


  2. Olga Avatar

    Amazing self-portrait of peace in the moment connecting with the healing power of water. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. frankaz2000 Avatar



    2. frankaz2000 Avatar

      Thanks i like your A.P. website!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Karen Avatar

    Thank you.


  4. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Carrie well done self-portrait , hard to get!

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