Chrysalis

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time... Continue Reading →

Wash Away the Day

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time... Continue Reading →

Clovis Waiting For The Master

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life. About this photo: “This image was made in 2013. So much has changed since that time. Amongst the little things, there were some big ones; we retired, closed our photography business and then in less than a month... Continue Reading →

Women in White (2 Diptychs)

  Photos taken by first-time contributor Claire Elisabeth, a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. Throughout her life, she has resisted the self-awareness of her fluctuating anxieties tied to sexual identity, and childhood trauma. At the age of eleven, her family’s home and all of its contents burned to the ground, leaving her with an obsession for... Continue Reading →

Loss-Grief-Memory

Photo taken by first-time contributor Nanette Rae Freeman, a former librarian from Chicago and Memphis who lost her husband of 25 years in a violent motorcycle accident. She began making art as part of her grieving process. Nanette was a librarian at The Chicago Public Library for 23 years serving community members in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. She attributes... Continue Reading →

Letting You Go

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital.... 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 →

The Haunted Mind

Photography by first-time contributor Ashley Whitt, a 29-year-old fine art photographer whose work deals with themes of duality within the self, psychological states, and mortality. After losing her mother to cancer in 2008, Ashley turned to art making as a way to process the anxiety and depression that overtook her life. She uses a variety... Continue Reading →

Calm in the midst of the Storm

Please welcome first time contributor Kevin W. Gardner. Kevin has been suffering with mental illness all of his life. He deals with mental illness through photography and through music. He has a case manager that is supportive of his photography work. About these photos: “I took this photo in the rural town of Bluejacket, Oklahoma. During... Continue Reading →

Love in the Time of Depression

Photo taken by contributor Karina Barszewski Churchill, a 38-year-old aspiring novelist and amateur photographer. Karina has bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, diagnosed in 1999. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in creative writing. She then went on to the University of Buffalo to receive a Masters of Library Science. She is a lover... Continue Reading →

Little Boy with Flower

Photo taken by contributor Nat, a 70-year-old man who has been interested in photography since he was a child. He has suffered from chronic depression for many years. Usually the loss of a loved one, rejection, or anything that triggers feelings of low self-esteem will lead to a challenging time for him. Lately, he is rediscovering the joy of the... 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 →

Scaring My Dreams

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 →

Let Me In

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 →

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