I’m In Here, A Prisoner Of My History

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process... Continue Reading →

Before the Journey

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life. About this photo: “The way up may be pretty and appear safe, but you still have to climb up the steps. It is nice to have a safe and comfortable place to gather yourself until... Continue Reading →

Trapped

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning,... Continue Reading →

Falling into the Abyss of Depression

Photo taken by contributor Jocelyn Ang, a 20-year-old woman from Singapore. Her mother was diagnosed with clinical depression when she was just 12-years-old. This was difficult for her, and over the next few years, that combined with the pressures of school and other responsibilities proved to be too much. Jocelyn fell into a major depression herself when she... Continue Reading →

By the Light of a Flashlight

Photo taken by Sarah M, who is a 14 year old girl from Washington State. She has lived for several years with anxiety and some crippling fears. She has recently recovered to an extent, and has started developing a love of photography. About this photo: I call this piece "Flashlight Bright." This photograph is of my friend... Continue Reading →

Destructive Mind

Photo taken by Raven Adams, 26, of model Kimberly Magness in New York. About this photo: This was taken to display someone who believes they are toxic to the world and depressed. The best part in this photo is the fear in her eyes, you can just see it. **Submit photos to Broken Light here. **We’re now on Facebook & Twitter!... Continue Reading →

Ugly Cry

Photos taken by Chris Fitzgerald, a fashion and fine art photographer in Los Angeles who has struggled with depression and anxiety since childhood. About this photo: While it is something I've come to learn how to deal with over the years, there are still times when it proves to be a formidable opponent.  Last year,... Continue Reading →

The Ledge, NYC

Photos taken by a woman who struggles with depression and anxiety. About this photo: I often feel like I'm on a ledge or wanting to be on a ledge. Each day it can be a different ledge. At the edge of a mood crash, or potential lift. I try not to think about what could... Continue Reading →

Image I Present & Image I See

Photos taken by Jim Work, who has struggled with depression for many years. More about him here. About this photo: I found this purple thistle growing in my driveway. I was struck by it's beauty and so tried to reflect that image. So often I am presented the glory of nature. Sometimes I see the dark side, but... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy in Nepal

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, a survivor of a terrifying, isolating year of postpartum depression that caused her everything from severe insomnia, to anxiety and worry, to hallucinations. She used travel, writing, and photography, in addition to professional help and supportive family, to fight her way out of the darkness. See more of her inspiring story here. About this... Continue Reading →

Masquerade; Beguiling

Photo taken by Stephanie Cook,  Muse & Sparrow Photography. Knoxville, TN Depression and anxiety have been dark acquaintances of mine since I was a child.  I have always felt like the one on the outside looking in at the world, hiding myself away from the hurt and pain, not realizing I was building a wall between... Continue Reading →

Final Descent

This photo was taken several weeks ago from an airplane. I was filled with anxiety about the journey, and haunted by my ever-present depression. Looking down, the world was just a blur of lights. Everyone an individual, but from that vantage point they were all one; a small part of a whole brilliant lightscape. I... Continue Reading →

Stay Away

This is an older piece that I made with an old photo enlarger, my facial profile, and my hands. I don't know what led to me making it, but I know I was suffering from depression at the time. It's hard to tell which way the hands are pushing. Hands coming at me or my... Continue Reading →

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