Black Sun of El Moro

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photos taken by first-time contributor Joel Sax, a man who has suffered from bipolar depressions since he was in second grade. He earned an Anthropology degree from Pomona College and attended Duke University on a graduate fellowship that he lost after assuming too heavy a course load, typical of his hypomanic episodes. In 1992, he became convinced that he was being called to help peace groups in former Yugoslavia, so he went there for three months after being laid off.  After years of hiding the full extent of his condition from his psychiatrists, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a suicide attempt at age 47 and placed on mood stabilizers. Since then, he has gone from resignation to hope which he manifests in his photography.

About these photos:  « I like to play with many cameras ranging from plastic cameras such as the Lomography La Sardina to high…

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Beauty in Disrepair; Morocco

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Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “I took this photo while volunteering in Rabat, Morocco. I have a fascination with old, dilapidated buildings for some reason. I find beauty in their history and stage of demise. It is as if each layer of paint has a story to tell, a memory to share. I saw this green door and it beckoned me to take its photo. Sometimes beauty is hard to find but it is always there if you…

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