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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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 Africa in the 70’s and 80’s, going to a therapist was not part of the culture. Instead of dealing with her feelings and shame related to childhood trauma, she merely existed. She never felt like she had a voice, something that she struggles with even today. Her sensitivity has at times led her to isolate, which is especially challenging as a portrait photographer. She has come to both fear and love people at the same time. Today, she has a small but amazing support system. She dreams of having a cabin in the woods with the butterflies.

About this photo: “For the longest time, I’ve been silenced. I will be silent no more!! For my life depends on it, my soul hungers for it. Do not keep the children of this world from speaking their minds. I will speak of all those things. My children will have a voice… And so should yours.”


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7 responses to “Silent No More”

  1. James Work Photography Avatar

    Cla-c…let roar! Shout it or scream it as loud as you can. People need to know the demons that some of us are cast unto….en theos…jasL

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Cla-c Avatar

      thank you James I so appreciate


  2. Mike Ross Avatar

    We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us. Charlotte Joko Beck


    1. Cla-c Avatar

      thank you Mike


  3. maureenjenner Avatar

    Reblogged this on Musings of a Penpusher and commented:
    It is vital that no one bottles-up their emotions for, like a pressure cooker with a blocked valve, one day they will have to be released. The result can be catastrophic – or controlled, so let those feelings find a vent and revel in the release of tension.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Cla-c Avatar

      thank you Maureenjenner


  4. Eduardo Mendoza Avatar

    We have the right to express and tell our stories, silence only leads to more desolation, practice raising your voice, you and your family, hugs of strength Cla-c!!!!!


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