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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Photos 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 these photos: “A weird and disturbing trend has occured recently on social media – people who think that depression is something glamorous, tragically beautiful, desirable, a condition to boast about. By replacing tears with cliché pink glitter, I created a comment on the topic. Depression is not something that should be romanticized, because no matter how beautiful you think something looks, it still hurts inside.”


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4 responses to “Romanticize Series”

  1. Photography OCD Avatar
    Photography OCD

    I’m not sure the pink glitter sends the message you want but the idea is very worthwhile.


  2. shelbyhallimages Avatar

    I disagree with the comment above and I am deeply, MADLY in love with this little series. I am also deeply conflicted with this new idea that mental illness is some kind of “relatable” social media post. I’ve seen it all over the place. ultimately though, it’s started a conversation, and that is what we need!


  3. daveyone1 Avatar

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..


  4. Sarah W. Avatar
    Sarah W.

    I believe depression is quite simply complex. Unless you have had it or live with it you don’t know what it’s like to feel troubled and alone.


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