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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.


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 Of. I’m in a dark place right now and this expresses the fear of my own mind and despair I feel right now.”

Find more from SJ at her Instagram.


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14 responses to “What Nightmares Are Made Of”

  1. anxiouswriter Avatar

    Beautiful and haunting photo. Keep taking pictures, SJ, you’re very talented!


  2. Mike Ross Avatar

    Nightmares are made up of our illusions which we insist are real. One day we will know exactly what is real and what is not.


  3. Sue Avatar

    Great image….


  4. Lily Sánchez Avatar

    Wow, breathtaking images!


  5. dimdaze Avatar

    Totally awesome! The story this shot can tell. Great work.


  6. BookOfBokeh Avatar



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