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 by contributor Patrycja Marciniak, a 24-year-old graphic designer, artist, and photographer from Poland who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and dermatillomania, the urge to scratch and pick at one’s skin.

About this photo: “In these long-exposure self-portraits I tried to capture the feeling of depersonalization related to depression and anxiety – the moments when your body and your mind seem strangely foreign. At these moments I don’t feel like myself, but rather like a mannequin controlled by the illness.”


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3 responses to “Not Myself Series”

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    Photography OCD

    Thoughts are not real Patrycja, I keep telling myself that. We have a short argument about it and start all over again.


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