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!

Turbulence

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer living in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health challenges. About this photo: “I … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Illuminate

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 … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

Underwater Adventure

Photo taken by contributor Lisa, a licensed mental health counselor who believes that we all need a creative outlet to help clear our heads from time to time. For her, it’s photography, … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

Struggling

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

Finding Calm

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who has major depression, anxiety, and is on the bipolar spectrum. She has been through countless treatments, including tons of medications, an … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mono Lake Healing

Photos taken by Jan Austin Smith, a 27-year-old man living in Northern California. His mother, a Psychiatrist, has depression, and his closest aunt is bipolar, so he has been around people … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 15 Comments

River Dreams

Photo taken by Rachel Bussières, a 26-year-old Quebec
 City, Canada native, currently based out of the North Coast of California. She has been connected to mental illness since her childhood, … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 6 Comments

Alter Ego

Photo taken by Lexx Adair, 20, from Plymouth, Devon, UK. Her photography and writing speaks to feelings of depression and anxiety, but still maintains the spark of hope. About this photo: … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 12 Comments

Finding Joy in Nepal

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, a survivor of a terrifying, isolating year of postpartum depression that caused her everything from severe insomnia, to anxiety and worry, to hallucinations. She used travel, writing, and … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · 12 Comments

Many Rivers to Cross

Photo taken by Jim Work, who has struggled with depression for much of his life. It was taken at the beaver pond near Rio Grande Campground in Big Bend National Park, Texas. … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 9 Comments

The Fog Lifts

Photo taken by Rainey. I have been diagnosed with depression. It is possible that I am also bipolar, but as of yet no official diagnosis. Lately, every day has been … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 6 Comments

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