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: “the new (used) camera body came a day early. I’ve only taken a few shots but everything seems to be working. I’ll know more after spending more time with her. We had a good talk and I felt a stirring in my heart.”

Find more from Carrie at her website


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2 responses to “Stirring”

  1. I Mean Well. Avatar
    I Mean Well.

    I love the description about this photo ♥️


  2. autisticaplanet Avatar

    My used but new to me camera came last June. I, too, attach gender to objects. My generously donated Nikon is a boy and is named Old Faithful, after something the original owner said about its performance. Do you feel like it is a new relationship? You have to get used to where everything is and how it/she feels in your hands? Thanks for sharing.


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