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 →

Intensity

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a writer and amateur photographer who has had several family members who have struggled with serious depression. He lost a brother to suicide in 1984. About this photo: “This photo was taken recently at Letchworth Gorge in Western New York. It’s called “intensity.” In my view, it captures the higher highs and... Continue Reading →

The Path

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a writer and amateur photographer who has had several family members who have struggled with serious depression. He lost a brother to suicide in 1984. About this photo: “This photo was taken in Rochester, NY. It captures the fact that life is a path through beauty and danger.” _____ **Visit Broken Light’s... Continue Reading →

Turbulence

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer living in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health challenges. About this photo: “I took this at Niagara Falls in March two years ago and edited it with a painting app. NF was a thrilling place to be at... Continue Reading →

Separation

Photo taken by contributor Riccardo Bevilacqua, a 39-year-old nuclear physicist currently living between Sweden and Belgium. Riccardo loves to travel, and take photos of local people wherever he goes. He worked for many years in his local community with people affected by physical and mental impairments, and he understands and is sensitive to the challenges that... Continue Reading →

Under Construction

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer living in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health issues. About this photo: “Rochester, N.Y. was home to the oldest urban indoor mall in America. Long after it had outlived its usefulness, it was torn down to make way... Continue Reading →

Leaves and Sky

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer living in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health issues. About this photo: “There are many dark days when a few hours wandering around with the camera is the best possible therapy. And there are other days when I... Continue Reading →

Empty World

Photo taken by contributor Riccardo Bevilacqua, a 39-year-old nuclear physicist currently living between Sweden and Belgium. Riccardo loves to travel, and take photos of local people wherever he goes. He worked for many years in his local community with people affected by physical and mental impairments, and he understands and is sensitive to the challenges that... Continue Reading →

Solo Walk

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer based in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health issues. About this photo: “I took this at Durand Eastman Park, near Lake Ontario, on one of my last photo hikes before the arrival of winter. The picture has... Continue Reading →

Innocent Creature

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a writer based in Rochester, N.Y. Hank has had several close friends and family members struggle with mental illness. He lost a brother to suicide. Photography is a great escape during hard times, and during good times, a pure joy. About this photo: “This photo, taken in a local park shortly... Continue Reading →

Hawaiian Orchids

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. Leya has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety. She also grew up in a highly anxious household with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our overactive... Continue Reading →

Still Life

Photo taken by contributor Johanna, a 36-year-old guidance counselor from Finland. She has family members and friends who have suffered or continue to suffer from mental health challenges, such as severe depression and bipolar disorder. Many of her students also have different kinds of mental health issues and as a guidance counselor it is her job to try to... Continue Reading →

What Lies Ahead

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a man in his sixties from Rochester, NY. Hank lost a brother to undiagnosed mental health problems that resulted in suicide. Members of his extended family have also suffered from severe depression. Hank is a professional writer and amateur photographer. About this photo: “I took this photo a few years ago during a... Continue Reading →

Through The Swamp

Please welcome first-time contributor Hank Shaw, a man in his sixties from Rochester, NY. Hank lost a brother to undiagnosed mental health problems that resulted in suicide. Members of his extended family have also suffered from severe depression. Hank is a professional writer and amateur photographer. About this photo: “I took this photo at Thousand Acres Swamp near Rochester because... Continue Reading →

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