Survival Manual

Please welcome first-time contributor Fili Olsefski, a woman born in Poland who currently resides in Athens, Greece. Fili has experienced depression and mental health challenges through friends and herself, which she describes as holding on from cliffs and from haunted people, and being thrown into mud and wire. Fili holds an MA in Fine Arts,... Continue Reading →

What Is Real?

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with depression, PTSD, anxiety and dissociation. Annie has survived a suicide attempt. Art, music, reading, writing, yoga, meditation and walking help when weather permits. Her feline companion Rumi is her best friend. About this photo: “I hope that one day I will live far away from this place... Continue Reading →

Shadowed Places

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is... Continue Reading →

Eye See You

Photo taken by contributor M. Delia Florez, an artist and writer who suffers from anxiety and depression. About this photo: “Eye see you.” _____ . **Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here ▸ Now a 501(c)3 non-profit! Please donate here. *Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & @DanielleHark. Follow for e-mail notifications.

Self

Please welcome first-time contributor Nadia, a twenty six-year-old woman from Portland, Oregon, who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and self-harm since she was fourteen, and an eating disorder since she was twenty. Nadia enjoys creating photographs and writing, traveling and adventuring, and listening to and telling stories. About this photo: “i took this photo late at... Continue Reading →

Destruction

Please welcome first-time contributor Chelsea Hart, an Urban Explorer photographer who has been diagnosed with depression. Chelsea finds abandoned houses or buildings and photographs the items left behind by previous owners. She also almost always finds a chair of some sort at each place she visits. Photographing chairs has become Chelsea's staple for her signature... Continue Reading →

Exposed

Please welcome first-time contributor Becky, a 37-year-old amateur photographer living in Nashville, Tennessee. Dealing with both depressive and anxiety disorders, photography has been an outlet to allow others to see the world through her eyes. Through her lens, even an ugly subject like depression can be made into a beautiful picture. About this photo: “I wanted... Continue Reading →

The Places That Scare You

Photo taken by contributor Michael Ross, a 58-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism. About this photo: “Recently at 3am I decided to go to the Reading Pagoda in Pennsylvania... Continue Reading →

Alternatives

Photo by contributor Patrycja Marciniak, a 24-year-old graphic designer, artist, and photographer from Poland who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and dermatillomania, the urge to scratch and pick at one’s skin. About this photo: “This is actually a very personal photo; I took it after I came home from a party where I suffered a huge depression attack and remembered the... Continue Reading →

Million Wishes

Please welcome first-time contributor M. Delia Florez, an artist and writer who suffers from anxiety and depression. About this photo: “While sitting alone in my friends backyard, I was struck with the sight. I had entered into the Land of a Million Wishes. I snuggled up next to some, with a cool breeze caressing my face. I... Continue Reading →

The Way Things Are

Photos taken by contributor Savannah Condon, a 22-year-old traveling photographer who is currently residing in London, England. Savannah suffers from Bipolar Disorder. She has been on and off of various medications since she was 13. Savannah has had a passion for photography and art since she was very young, which makes it the perfect therapeutic tool for her. She especially loves... Continue Reading →

Decisions

Please welcome first-time contributor OutisPhotography, a man from Ecuador whose mental disorder became apparent at age 20 while he was attending university. After faking a mask for many years, he finally was diagnosed with Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The most difficult challenges he faced on a daily basis were finding a reason to get up each day... Continue Reading →

Nostalgia

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 →

Nest

Photo taken by contributor Jodie Beardmore, a 22-year-old final year photography student who had to defer a year of university due to being diagnosed with depression. She is continuing a self-portrait project which has aided in her recovery before her return to university in September. About this photo: “In her piece 'Nest' she is presented in the foetal position like a child... Continue Reading →

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