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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.

a new beginning

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Livonne was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time and at a loss as to what the future held for her. Livonne returned to college three years ago to study photography to complement the blog she writes about her life. When she was very young, she escaped the trauma of her childhood by retreating to fantasy. The Magic Faraway Tree was her main escape. She now finds that same sense of peace by creating fantasy pieces and enjoys not only storytelling with words but also with pictures.

About this photo: “And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

Find more from Livonne at her Facebook page and blog.



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6 responses to “A New Beginning”

  1. James Work Photography Avatar

    Livonne….what a marvelous magical image. Made my heart flutter, just fantastically good….en theos….jasL

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Livonne Avatar

      Thanks James.. sometimes my mind thinks up strange things lol


  2. davidoakesimages Avatar

    Now that is a creative image and thought provoking. Well done to capture that visually in your mind then to translate to reality.


    1. Livonne Avatar

      Thanks David.. 😀


  3. maureenjenner Avatar

    Beautiful imagery.


  4. Sarah W. Avatar
    Sarah W.

    A beginning of a new life is what I’m learning. I have depression, anxiety and ADD. I am also a recovering drug addict of about 15 years. I am now learning to love myself and make myself happy learning I cannot always do this by trying to make others happy.


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