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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.


Please welcome first-time contributor Bon, a single parent in her thirties living in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia. Bon has been living with Bipolar Disorder her entire adult life, and engages in a variety of creative pursuits, including drawing, drumming, writing, and fashion design, as a way to bring healing, meaning and fulfillment to her life. Spending time alone amidst nature also provides her with inspiration, as well as relief from social pressures and conventional norms that she often finds to be suffocating. Bon hopes to use creativity in all its forms as a tool to transmute feelings of hopelessness and pain into a communication between kindred spirits.

About this photo: “This image conveys my enduring fascination with the relationship between light and dark. From a physical perspective, light is fascinating; the way it manipulates objects and surfaces, effectively seeming to change the very forms it touches. It evokes a variety of moods depending on how it behaves. Darkness, whilst perhaps not as exciting, provides context for light. Neither light nor dark could exist without the other. I see this as a useful metaphor for what I go through emotionally and psychologically regarding bipolar disorder, and what all of us inevitably go through during certain stages of life. We curse the dark times because they ARE difficult, and yet, when the light finally reveals itself, it’s so much brighter; smiles and laughter all the sweeter, simple pleasures more magical, for us having known their absence.” 

Find more from Bon at her blog.


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13 responses to “Chiaroscuro”

  1. Karen Miller Avatar
    Karen Miller

    Thank you– a special photograph.

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    1. siddiebowtie Avatar

      Thankyou so much, Karen 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. James Work Photography Avatar

    Bob… welcome to BLC. Nice black &. white, very peaceful image….en theos…jasL

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    1. siddiebowtie Avatar

      oops- accidentally replied below instead of here….

      Liked by 1 person

  3. siddiebowtie Avatar

    Thanks, James. I’m very new to photography, and have no idea what i’m doing yet, so the nice comments are encouraging. Peace ☮️!

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  4. siddiebowtie Avatar

    Thanks for posting, BLC ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Photonomad Avatar

    Welcome Bon! The very best of luck with your photography.

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  6. siddiebowtie Avatar

    Thankyou, Photonomad! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. bluebrightly Avatar

    Excellent all around! The image is beautifully composed and toned, and the explanation well written.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. siddiebowtie Avatar

      Thanks so much, bluebrightly! This is a lovely compliment to receive, and encourages me to learn more 🙂 have a great day!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. siddiebowtie Avatar

      Thanks so much for the reblog, Maureen! Massively appreciated 🙂 I hope you have a lovely day!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Bipolar Mom Avatar

    The lighting contrasting the light and dark is really moving in this photograph.


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