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.

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Please welcome first-time contributor Erwin, a middle-aged man who has recently been diagnosed with depression. He knew he was living with depression for the past five years, but didn’t admit it until recently due to the stigma placed on mental illness. Thanks to admitting the condition, journaling, and using photography, Erwin is now on his way to recovery. He admits that recovery may be a long road ahead, but he is hopeful that he can face the challenges with the support of family and friends.

About this photo: “I was a bit disappointed to find an overcast sky at the waterfront last Saturday, dashing the possibility of seeing the sunrise over Lake Ontario. Well, the moon was still up in the sky, and I decided to shoot that instead. After a few moments, through the camera’s viewfinder, I saw a hint of orange on the trees. I swung to my left and saw what you see here. Such is life; we may be too focused on what we see in front of us that we may miss something more beautiful happening on the sidelines. Well then, start looking around you. Cheers!”

Find more from Erwin at his website and on Instagram @erwin_barona


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2 responses to “Focus”

  1. Sonyo Estavillo Avatar

    This is a fantastic and gorgeous photo. Having depression is a challenge, I know because I have battled it all my life. But, I find through photography, writing, and staying creative helps in general. The power of the arts is amazing with many creative people out there that deal with depression. 🙂


  2. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    Stunning photo, and you’re right about sometimes missing the tangential!


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