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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Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of his life. After a traumatic accident ended his career in health care, his life became unmanageable and he sought out the help that he so desperately needed. As a longtime photographer, when he found Broken Light Collective in an article it instantly resonated. He now runs a photography program at his local mental health association. He has since become a certified mental health peer specialist and advocate. He also writes local editorial and uses his platform to help erase the stigma of mental illness in his community.

About this photo: “How many times do you say that you’re fine?
How many times, when every neuron, synapse and cell in your body screams no, do you avert your eyes and mutter you’re okay? When the fear inside you explodes like a supernova. When the depression crushes you like a black hole, you say, “yeah, I’m alright.” You know they’re not really going to get it anyway if you explain how you’re really feeling. They’ll get “that look” on their face and mutter something awkward about being late and start looking for an exit.
You feel like a single blade of grass in a vast barren landscape where you can see the shadows the clouds cast as they pass overhead. A place where the sky carries a weight almost unbearable. You close your eyes and hope that something, anything, will push that sky away.

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3 responses to “Push The Sky Away”

  1. Photography OCD Avatar
    Photography OCD

    Some people get it Kyle,you are not alone.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. James Work Photography Avatar

    Kyle….beautiful sky, NICE b&w…..got to love and it makes me jealous! En theos jasL

    Liked by 1 person

  3. stockdalewolfe Avatar

    A few, a very few, understand. But finding the right ones is hard.

    Liked by 1 person

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