Broken Light Collective ~ the online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness

Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon an absolute gem on the interweb?

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Danielle Hark has been affected by mental health challenges, both herself and with loved ones, she has made it her mission to empower as many other people who are struggling as possible, especially through the use of photography and creativity.

Danielle created Broken Light Collective in March of 2012 when she was going through a severe depressive episode. With support 23 a Alston_waterbabyy_72144121__144121and encouragement she found that when she began photographing again it was a powerful tool, both personally and therapeutically. As many of us know sometimes getting out of bed and engaging with the world seems impossible. For Danielle the Collective gave her purpose and inspiration to spread the Light.

Supported by volunteers and mental health professionals Broken Light’s main goal is to create a safe and accepting environment where photographers of all levels who are affected by mental health issues can display their work, as well as inspire one another to keep going and keep creating, despite the dark or scary places in which they may find themselves. Their first LIVE gallery exhibit is running at the non-profit Fountain Gallery in NYC from June 26th – August 13.

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The photographic mélange of images in this show represents a variety of mental states as well as photographic genres including self-portrait, nature, abstract, street photography and more. In these images we observe dark and light, suffering and hope. We see things that are broken or abandoned, but we also find life emerging from the rubble. We see people in pain as well as those finding light at the end of the tunnel. As an artist with mental illness and a mental health advocate, I am honored to be curating this exhibit for Fountain Gallery. ~ Danielle Hark


23 Hark_A00001_023a_72From Darkness to Light represents a cross section of the Broken Light Collective online gallery in terms of style, location, age, and mental health and developmental challenges. The 36 photographers from around the globe who are featured in the show have been affected by conditions including depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and autism.

From Darkness to Light  June 26 – August 13

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Fountain Gallery

02 Ninth Avenue at 48th Street

NYC 10019


Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7; Sun. 1-5

More than a gallery. A movement.

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First Published 2014/07/10