The New York Times Magazine reports on how a woman suffering in depression ended up founding an online art gallery for photographers struggling through psychological crises. “I was literally on the bathroom floor, bawling,” Danielle Hark told the Times. “But I picked up my phone and started taking pictures — paint peeling on the door, reflections in the mirror. It just took a couple of minutes for me to become more present, breathing more normally. It was a really important moment.”
Hark’s site, the Broken Light Collective, now has contributors from 150 countries who’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders, reports the Times.
Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness (The New York Times Magazine, July 24, 2014)