Cosmic Love

Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a health care professional in his forties who has battled depression and addiction for most of his life. He escapes by letting the camera become his mind’s eye, and hopes that each photo he takes allows others to see the world as... Continue Reading →

Hugging My Therapist

Photo taken by contributor Morgan, a 21-year-old woman living in California. Morgan has suffered from bipolar depression and anxiety for many years. She experienced her first anxiety attack at the age of 10, and it has been a battle ever since. Her mental health improved greatly after the birth of her daughter, when she felt true unconditional... Continue Reading →

Upside-Down

Photo taken by contributor Ian Mcintyre, a 33-year-old man who was born in Aurora, Colorado, but grew up in Canada. He graduated high school and was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 21. Ian likes to write poetry, listen to music, and read. He now lives in Prince Albert, in Saskatchewan, Canada, where he spends his days... Continue Reading →

Cinderella

Please welcome first-time contributor Melanie, a woman who has been living with Bipolar I Disorder for 12 years. Despite living with a mental illness, she managed to graduate college, magna cum laude, with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has performed research for the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense, has a published abstract, and... Continue Reading →

Hidden

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences... Continue Reading →

Hands

Please welcome first-time contributor BaJa, a 42-year-old history teacher in a public secondary school. BaJa has recently been diagnosed with anxiety and depression after struggling with low self-esteem for over 25 years. She is afraid that she is going to lose the few people in her life now that she has officially been diagnosed. BaJa is scared to open up... Continue Reading →

Shadow of the Universe

Please welcome first-time contributor Ian Mcintyre, a 33-year-old man who was born in Aurora, Colorado, but grew up in Canada. He graduated high school and was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 21. Ian likes to write poetry, listen to music, and read. He now lives in Prince Albert, in Saskatchewan, Canada, where he spends his days... Continue Reading →

Of Hurt and Hope

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age 4, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and... Continue Reading →

Mine Eye

Please welcome first-time contributor Jo, a 31-year-old woman from Stafford, UK. Jo was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in 2012. The disorder took over most of her life and left her housebound and crippled by the physical symptoms of her illness on a daily basis. Jo has always been fascinated by old and decaying buildings so she began... Continue Reading →

Conquering Inner Battles

Photos taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 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,... Continue Reading →

A Prison Without Bars

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age 4, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and... Continue Reading →

Black and White

Photos taken by contributor John G. Evans, a man who has been suffering for many years from what is now known to be a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from a trauma faced during military service time. His artistic accomplishments began in 1972 while he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He purchased his first camera and took photographs of his journeys,... Continue Reading →

Hiding in the Dark

Photo by contributor Zoe, a teenager and second generation Broken Light Collective contributor. Zoe has experienced ADD and periods of mild depression. She became interested in photography in 2012. Zoe mostly uses herself as her model and takes self-portraits to express feelings or concepts that she wants to communicate. Photography is one coping mechanism she uses during challenging times. She is... Continue Reading →

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