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 →

The Gift

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter from Northeast Kansas who has been 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, but she could always... Continue Reading →

Wired For Struggle

Photography by contributor Katie McLaughlin, a teenager from Connecticut. Katie was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety when she was thirteen years old. She has since been hospitalized many times due to both manic and depressive episodes. Thanks to medication, therapy, family, and friends, she is finally starting to live life to the fullest... one photo at a... Continue Reading →

Lights on the Path of Change

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective of mental illness. She will forever... Continue Reading →

Liquid Light

Photo by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a 41-year-old health care professional 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 he sees it, even... Continue Reading →

Abstract Light Photos

Photos taken by contributor Kerry Gerdes, a woman from Plymouth, UK who lives with Asperger’s syndrome as well as anxiety and depression. She loves to shoot documentary, landscape, still life and abstract photography. She has a preference for film cameras, as there is an element of surprise, and you never know what sort of shot you’re going to get until... Continue Reading →

Last Rays; La Corbiere

Photo taken by contributor Rachael Talibart, a photographer based in Surrey, England. She has always enjoyed photography, but when she started to suffer chronic pain it became more than a hobby/occupation. Taking photographs became a way for her to cope with her pain. She used it as a mindfulness tool, a way of focusing on the... Continue Reading →

Capturing Light, Thailand

Photo taken by contributor n23art who has struggled with depression for much of his life. Most of the time it’s manageable, but there have been a few times when it has hit him very hard. He is originally from the UK, but currently lives in Thailand. About this photo: "Chiang Mai, Thailand. August 2012. I'd love to... Continue Reading →

Galaxy

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the... Continue Reading →

25 Minute Exposure, Seoul Korea

Photo taken by contributor PJ Brez, a 28-year-old man who lives in the South Korean countryside. He has experienced depression, loneliness, homesickness, and feelings of isolation. He teaches English conversation at a university in Korea, but photography is his passion. About this photo: “This photograph is of Seoul's Olympic Bridge shot in infrared. I was feeling a bit daring... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to Us!

Special post and photo by Danielle, the founder of Broken Light Collective. The beginnings: After a major depressive crash several years ago, my therapist - who was exploring the art of photography herself - encouraged me to start photographing again regularly, not just when I was hired to do a portrait or feeling hypomanic. We started... Continue Reading →

Strength in the Face of Difficulties

Photo taken by contributor Ashley Lily Scarlett aka Syncopated Eyeball, a 53-year-old woman who has experienced bouts of depression of various degrees, on and off since she was 12-years-old. She also suffers from anxiety, gets easily over stimulated, and has a bit of social phobia. Recently she finally received a diagnosis of bipolar type II, so she... Continue Reading →

Sleepless

Photos taken by a woman with recurrent clinical depression. She also suffers from insomnia and at times hypomania. She is trying to work her way out of a severe episode. About these photos: "I like to create photographs using unexpected sources of light, especially when I can't sleep and don't want to wake my family... Continue Reading →

Illumination

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who suffers from a bipolar illness. As is the case with bipolar, her moods are erratic. Generally down, but sometimes up. It makes working and living a normal life difficult. About this photo: “This photograph was taken at a luau in Hawaii. I love fire but am also scared... Continue Reading →

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