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: Underneath the sadness is a stillness and a new acceptance of myself. My soft belly and my strange face. Melting into what I am.

Letting my heart speak without fear. Because I can be nothing and it’s ok. For a moment, there is only me in this universe.

I am only words on this page. Breath. Atoms. Energy crashing against itself. What are your thoughts to me? What are you but a mirror?

I am not being moved by the ocean, pulled under the currents and drowning. I am the ocean and I will swallow the land when I need to.”

Find more from Carrie at her website


**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here ▸ Now a 501(c)3 non-profit! Please donate here.

*Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & @DanielleHark. Follow for e-mail notifications.

3 responses to “Stillness”

  1. frankaz2000 Avatar

    Carrie your B/W pictures are breathtaking! And your story is beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Very cool, thanks, Carrie! . .

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dina Avatar

    Beautiful photostory.

    Liked by 2 people

Please Join the Conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: