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 Michael Ross, a 57-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism.

About this photo: “This is a baby sunflower I shot early this morning on my windowsill. The photo is not exactly the way I wanted it but it seemed right for me today. 

Maybe nothing is perfect, maybe everything is, or maybe growth is understanding that things are not always exactly the way we want them to be, and that’s OK.

It’s been said that if we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. My plan it to continue to look.

Find more from Michael at his blog.


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9 responses to “Growth”

  1. scrapydo2.wordpress.com Avatar

    Perfect photo for Against the Odds. This tiny plant will give you a flower at the end.


  2. Anxichat Avatar

    This page is beautiful!


  3. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Welcome, Michael. I hope your life blossoms in the same way as this plant.



  4. Karen Miller Avatar
    Karen Miller

    I love seedlings, and you have a good strong one there!


  5. kimnana96 Avatar

    it’s amazing


  6. dipanwita Avatar

    beautiful 🙂


  7. PhotographyocdMIke Ross Avatar
    PhotographyocdMIke Ross

    Those are from Dwarf Sunspot seeds. I planted a dozen of the giant Russians but I think sometimes smaller is better.


  8. jmacindoe Avatar

    Lovely shot – love seeing this plant spring to life 🙂


  9. theunmedicatedbipolarchick Avatar

    yes, i find that photography is a great escape from the emotional BS that bipolar can put me through… beautiful shot…


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