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.

Fisherman's repose

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She has had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She’s been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as the MAAP Newsletter, a publication for those with ASD and those who love them.

About this photo: “For me, freedom means escape from the ‘allistic’ world of people and noise pollution. 

For me, freedom is found in nature and in the night.

This person is alone with only the setting sun and a fishing rod by the pond (aside from the photographer-me-who spotted him).

I wish I could walk out into nature and never come back.

I know this life isn’t as good as it gets. This keeps me going.

True freedom will occur at my passing.”

Find more from autisticaplanet at her website

This entry was submitted as part of our “Freedom” Inspiration Workshop.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our resources page or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free, confidential assistance, 24/7


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3 responses to “True Freedom”

  1. frankaz2000 Avatar

    You caputered a beautiful sunset! With a person, water, trees and clouds in perfect harmony!


  2. Mike Ross Avatar

    There’s no easy way to be free.


  3. BookOfBokeh Avatar

    Beautifully shot and the human frame adds great emotional depth.


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