Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!


Please welcome first-time contributor Renée, a 28-year-old woman who has lived through psychosis. Three year ago, her world came crashing down. She was starting a new job, trying to make new friends, … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 9 Comments

Entering The Psych Hospital

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties whose diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and the director of Broken Light Collective. … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

Third Floor-B

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and periods of dissociation with her feline companion Zoe. About this photo: “How many times was I hospitalized?  Always … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 2 Comments


Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Ash, a 33-year-old man recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The doctors are still determining whether the diagnosis will be bipolar type I or … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 4 Comments

Ghostly Encounter at a Mental Institution

Photo taken in Massachusetts by Danielle, a contributor with bipolar disorder. She has been undergoing various treatments for bipolar, depression, and BPD traits. About this photo: “I was in a … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · 8 Comments


Photo taken by contributor A, a 28-year-old woman who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and associated depression and anxiety. She has been in and out of hospitals in Europe … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 10 Comments

Faces In The Walls

Photos taken by first-time contributor Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, a New York City based artist who works in many disciplines. She lives with her husband, cats, and rats. For most of her life she … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 8 Comments

Reach For Me

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 35-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 23 Comments

Not Giving Up

Photo taken by first-time contributor Teija, a 35-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 20 Comments

Abandoned Mental Hospital Building at Night

Photos taken by Danielle, a photographer in her thirties who suffers from major depressive disorder and falls somewhere on the bipolar spectrum. She recently spent two weeks at a psychiatric facility … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 10 Comments

Broken Adolescence

Photo taken by first-time contributor Shantel, a teenager from Kansas City. As a young child, her older brother would hide her in a closet so that she wouldn’t get hit … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

Reflection on Willard Psychiatric Hospital

Photo taken by first-time contributor Karen L. Miller, a psychiatrist and poet who experienced a major depression about twenty years ago. During the last three years, she has researched the lives … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · 8 Comments

How Acting Like A Kid Can Improve Mental Health

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who suffers through long bouts of deep depression, as well as regular anxiety and panic attacks. About this photo: “I like all … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Abandoned Metropolitan State Mental Hospital

Photos taken by contributor DC, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and bipolar II. She was recently released from a psychiatric facility where she … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 16 Comments

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