Inspiration Workshop: Freedom

Please join us in welcoming Palmer Davis, the host of our first ever free photography inspiration workshop in honor of Mental Health Month. He will be providing four prompts over the next two months that will hopefully inspire you to create through even your most challenging moments. Palmer is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography, the world’s... Continue Reading →

Freeing the Animal Inside

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 →

Patterns In The Sky

Photo taken by contributor Phedias Hadjicharalambous, a 33-year-old man from Nicosia, Cyprus. He began delving into photography last year during a difficult time after the death of his beloved grandmother. It helped him cope with personal challenges, as well as challenges that arose when his mother began battling severe anxiety. Thankfully with the proper treatment his mother is now doing... Continue Reading →

Locked Up or Let Free?

Photo taken by first-time contributor Janine Kain from Scotland. She struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety and OCD. She feels that photography gives her the opportunity to explore and express herself in a world where there is no reality - only perception. About this photo: "The Chain photograph represents my journey of coming to terms with mental... Continue Reading →

Escaping Negativity; Ibiza

Photo taken by contributor Emma, a 19-year-old from the north east of England. Over the past few years she has visited dark patches of depression and lack of self worth with severe feelings of hopelessness. She'd like to say it’s just been a spot of sunshine and showers, but in reality she's had giant ups and even... Continue Reading →

Moroccan Henna

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her... Continue Reading →

Intrusion, Contemplation, Escape

Photo taken by Anastasia, a 25-year-old Greek architect who has lived in Athens, Greece for the past 7 years. Photography has become her way to preserve moments and enhance memory. Through her projects she strives to awaken feelings that nourish and expand imagination. Mental health issues, such as severe depression, has affected many people who... Continue Reading →

Free Spirit

Photo taken by Josefine, a swedish photography student currently based out of Los Angeles. The reason she decided to pursue photography full time is because she saw the impact pictures can have on people, both by looking at them, and making them. While volunteering for a church program that takes in victims of sex trafficking, she walked... Continue Reading →

Movement

Photo taken by a woman with severe clinical depression. About this photo: I love capturing movement in photography. I took this of a friend of mine in my basement studio. I was feeling depressed and wanted to do something fun and playful, but was not up to leaving the house. She was a perfect subject,... Continue Reading →

King of Birds

Photo taken by n23art, a long time depression sufferer. He is from the UK, but had been living in Asia for the last five years. More about him here. Photographed in Prestatyn, Wales, UK. About this photo: I was waiting for a train which has been delayed, so to pass the time I started photographing seagulls. I didn't... Continue Reading →

Layers of Life; Psychiatric Hospital

Photo taken by The Quiet Borderline, who suffers from depression, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This photo was taken in the art room of her psychiatric hospital in Israel. I have been hospitalized for 14 months and am due to be released next Tuesday. This is a photo of the art room that I have been... Continue Reading →

Arranged

I shot this photo from a place of depression, and it resonates with those feelings. All of those birds arranged up there, stuck with no space between them, yet infinite space around them. Perched, just moment from potential flight and freedom, but not quite there. To submit your photos to the Broken Light Collective, see submissions or click... Continue Reading →

ChainLinkedUp

Photo taken by Abby from the Bay Area of California, who was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II. More about her here. About this photo: This bird was kind enough to let me get close enough to ponder before taking to the air. The juxtaposition of the chain-link fence with the bird taking flight implies a seemingly contradictory... Continue Reading →

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