Fear Of Failure

Please welcome first-time contributor Keith, a photographer who has struggled with depression. Keith has spent the last year working on a 365 project, sharing one photo per day for 365 days. Through working on this project he has come to accept and understand his struggles with depression. For a long time he believed his mood swings and inability to connect with others... Continue Reading →

Veil Ungesagt (Much Unsaid), 3 of 3

Photo taken by first-time contributor Kate C, a 21-year-old Sociology major turned photographer from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kate was diagnosed with Rapid Cycling Bipolar I Disorder and anxiety in high school after having a manic episode with psychotic features. Photography has always been her main means of therapy when other forms of help simply did not... 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 →

Hidden

Photos taken by first-time contributor Ash, a teenage student from South Africa. Alongside several autonomic diseases, Ash suffers from severe depression intermingled with brief periods of hypomania. While her mood has improved on her current medication, Ash still goes through depressive episodes. She turns to photography as her mental safe-haven.About these photos: "These are a couple of self-portraits from... Continue Reading →

My Greatest Treasure

Photo taken by contributor Danielle in New Jersey. She struggles with a host of mental health issues, including severe depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. She is grateful to have photography, and a loving husband and daughter who help her see color when she feels trapped in a world of black and gray. About this photo: "There... Continue Reading →

Laughter

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has experienced episodes of extreme depression with agoraphobia. She is a wife and mother to a little human and a furbaby. About this photo: "This is an outtake from a shoot I did recently. It makes me smile, and reminds me how important it is to have people in our... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk About Depression

Photo taken by first-time contributor Craig MacLean, a 49-year-old man living in Ontario, Canada. He is a film school graduate, where he was completely in his element, but after graduation he was never able to get the career he wanted in film, largely due to lack of confidence and low self-esteem. Several years later, while at work, he was... Continue Reading →

My Therapy Dog

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has suffered from severe depression on and off for many years. She loves taking photos, and one of her favorite things to photograph is animals, even though it can be quite challenging. About this photo: "Sometimes when I am going through a depressive episode, it is hard to get... Continue Reading →

Self-Portrait #5

Photo taken by contributor Elijah Weerts, a 20-year-old photography student. People have always seen him as the outgoing, fun to be around, positive kid all through his life. He wasn’t ever “allowed” to be sad or at least he felt that he had to be the person who made everyone feel better. He thought that if he showed... Continue Reading →

Fighting Stigma

Photo taken by a woman who suffers from the mental health issues above, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar II. About this photo: "This is a submission for both Broken Light Collective, and Unmasked, a project that encourages people to come out about their diagnoses to help fight stigma. It is hard for me to put... Continue Reading →

Solitary

Photo taken by a woman with severe clinical depression, as well as anxiety and panic attacks. She loves taking photos as an outlet, and since she has not been able to leave the house much recently, she has turned to self-portraiture. About this photo: "I feel like I am constantly wearing one mask or another.... Continue Reading →

Callas

Photo taken by Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids. About this photo: "This image is an award winning photograph I took in my studio using some callas I cut from my... Continue Reading →

Embodied

Photos taken By Leigh Righton, a Vancouver based portrait photographer who recently launched a collaborative project called EMBODIED that allowed her to explore the relationships we have to our bodies and to encourage a positive shift in perspective. The first photo is of the installation on display. Click to see larger. About these photos: The concept behind... Continue Reading →

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