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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 first-time contributor Stephen, a man from Dartmoor in Devon who has lived with complex PTSD for the past 10 years, although it was only diagnosed two years ago. He is now on a waiting list for treatment. His PTSD has come about as a result of time in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he worked with refugees. He took up photography a year ago. His photography is an expression of the trauma within him, in the hope that this will lead to healing.

About this photo: “Hawthorne on Dartmoor in Winter. Multiple exposures allow me to express the profound confusion and “noise” that roars inside my head.

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5 responses to “Noise In My Head”

  1. Mike Ross Avatar
    Mike Ross

    There’s a thing called Shutter Therapy which is getting out and taking photos for the exact reason you’re looking for. When I’m out the noise in my head doesn’t stop but its more friendly. Take care.

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  2. Livonne Avatar

    absolutely stunning and so indicative of the internal noise..


  3. karen miller Avatar
    karen miller

    This is a terrific photograph. Thanks. I’m sorry you have to wait for treatment– it’s helped me a lot.


  4. maureenjenner Avatar

    Looking at trees is therapeutic; being in a woodland is both therapeutic and cathartic. Your photograph is beautiful. I hope all goes well for you.


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