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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.

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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, with a painting concentration. She has been published in countless magazines and won numerous awards.

About this series: “Painters claim that light’s everything. But that has turned into a cliche motto- we’d better forget about it.

In this series, I try to sum up what’s left of these beams that would be visible to the naked eye and to recollect any rays easy to grasp by our bare mind; our sun is of that kind that’s been poisoned, that kind that’s irreparably broken. In our case, any light serves as a survival manual, yet we are restricted to access it.

Find more from Fili on tumblr and Instagram @filiolsefski


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9 responses to “Survival Manual”

  1. karen Avatar

    Wow– very powerful and even disorienting images. Thank you.


  2. Don Avatar

    I love your images. They are amazing. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story and your great photos.


  3. Kijo Avatar

    The details (lighting, pearl earring) in the first are lovely. And the fifth, man holding light, is poetry!


  4. Britta Avatar

    i love these images! fantastic.


  5. imaginarytree Avatar

    Very powerful photography! These images are captivating.


  6. Fili Olsefski Avatar
    Fili Olsefski

    Dear readers, thank you all for your extremely kind and honouring words.

    Feeling loved.

    Again; thank you.


  7. Eduardo Mendoza Avatar

    Great essay Fili !! I can relate to the feeling in your images of a certain disconnection with the full, complete reality, as if there was always a veil between us and the fullness of joy in life. Hope you are getting closer to happiness and connection!!!


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