New Perspective

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is... Continue Reading →

I Still Exist

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences... Continue Reading →

Twilight

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is... Continue Reading →

The Power Of Hope

Photos taken by contributor Hank, a writer based in Rochester, N.Y. who has been closely affected by mental illness. He has had many friends and family members who have struggled, especially with depression. About these photos: “To me, these three images speak to 1. the power of hope  2. the presence of hope in a challenging,... Continue Reading →

Silent No More

Photo taken by contributor Cla-c, a 45-year-old wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with Cyclothymia a year ago. She has battled severe depression, paranoia, and fearfulness throughout her life, and has always felt like an outcast. After she lost a much loved cousin to suicide, she knew she had to face her demons. Growing up in... Continue Reading →

What Nightmares Are Made Of

Photo taken by contributor SJ, a woman in her twenties who has been diagnosed with OCD, PTSD and psychosis. Photography has given her a focus, and an outlet to express the feelings that she finds difficult to process and explain. About this photo: “This is a self portrait I took this week. I've titled it, What Nightmares Are Made... Continue Reading →

Survival Manual

Please welcome first-time contributor Fili Olsefski, a woman born in Poland who currently resides in Athens, Greece. Fili has experienced depression and mental health challenges through friends and herself, which she describes as holding on from cliffs and from haunted people, and being thrown into mud and wire. Fili holds an MA in Fine Arts,... Continue Reading →

What Is Real?

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with depression, PTSD, anxiety and dissociation. Annie has survived a suicide attempt. Art, music, reading, writing, yoga, meditation and walking help when weather permits. Her feline companion Rumi is her best friend. About this photo: “I hope that one day I will live far away from this place... Continue Reading →

Commercial Trash Compactor: Shattered Self

Please welcome first-time contributor John E. Panic, a man who was born in Houston, Texas, in 1954. John experienced his first psychotic episode on his last day of elementary school. He went undiagnosed until 1973 when recreational drug use as a sophomore in college caused a mental breakdown. His first diagnosis was from a hallucinatory drug flashback. He was misdiagnosed... Continue Reading →

The Absence of Chaos

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... Continue Reading →

Shadowed Places

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is... Continue Reading →

Weeping Cherry

Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression,... Continue Reading →

Eye See You

Photo taken by contributor M. Delia Florez, an artist and writer who suffers from anxiety and depression. About this photo: “Eye see you.” _____ . **Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here ▸ Now a 501(c)3 non-profit! Please donate here. *Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & @DanielleHark. Follow for e-mail notifications.

Inspiration Workshop: Lightness of Being

Please join us in welcoming back Palmer Davis, faculty member at the International Center of Photography, the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, located in New York City. Widely exhibited and collected, Palmer is a fine art photographer and teacher who is represented in New York by ClampArt. This is the fourth and final assignment that Palmer has... Continue Reading →

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