and I emerged feeling a way forward.

“Dissent Is Patriotic”

Approaching the 2018 Midterms, a reflection on political action:

January 20, 2017: we stay in an Airbnb in Bushwick, after driving to the city, calling an early night in order to be well-rested for the next day. The next morning, we rise early, and wander Brooklyn sidewalks seeking breakfast and coffee, then poster board and paint pens.

Returning to the basement apartment, we set to work on the physical aspects of our resistance: protest signs. We run through many different drafts, realizing there is so much to say, and an altogether too finite amount of space for text.

It is…


excerpts from a total eclipse.

In August of 2017, I traveled with my partner and her family to southern Illinois. We traveled to the path of totality. I wanted to capture the experience, but with a degree of restraint. So I brought two rolls of film with me: Portra 400 speed, and Portra 800 speed. I would use a manual Nikon camera I inherited from my parents.

My sense was that Portra film would show subtle variation under the light of the eclipse — that silver light. There would be a physical constraint, too: only 72 frames across two 36-exposure rolls. …


and a search for meaning within that symmetry.

afternoon shadow, lens aberration and mirroring, while passing through, Wooster Square

There, a moment when you mirror your environment, or stride through a perfect location for imperfect symmetry. What does it mean to find oneself imperfectly (though near an ideal) balanced from a certain perspective? Your stride in the growth of the tree : the growth of the tree in the way that you walk. You are appearing in your reality and I in mine, a conscious witnessing of one another. But more important, maybe, is the way that we align with what surrounds us. …


Formations of community are a fascinating aspect of this city. The images to be found here draw me in inexorably.

This is the final installment in a series on New Haven, Connecticut. If you’re interested, the other installments are as follows: part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Around the city, particularly in green spaces, school groups are at the center of community formation. Green space near the city center brings about an intricate association people. Beautiful environs and light are vital to outdoor life in this city.

a moment at the square

Informal friendships happen, and people meet together around common interest. …


This is the third installment in a photoessay series on a city that I love: New Haven, Connecticut. Here are links to part 1 and part 2, if you want to see the larger body of work.

I believe in working to balance images of this city. I believe in finding balance in my life in this city, too, and taking photographs helps me realize that equilibrium.

between the lights, Grand Avenue

Since photographs are, at times, a way of balancing my own life, I believe in images that help solve internal psychology. Sometimes these solutions are found at the outskirts of this city.


This is the second installment in a series on New Haven, Connecticut, and the craft I’ve found in this compelling city. Part 1 is here.

Today, I’m thinking about buildings, architecture more generally, and street art, intentional or otherwise. But also craft, community, creation. There is grace in found objects, in the peculiar shapes of structures from unsung angles.

the sustainability corridor at Yale University

As I’ve grown older, I’ve started to believe that the only way to really get to know a city is by strolling that city’s streets. Most of my photos come from walks I’ve taken around neighborhoods. …


New Haven, Connecticut is a complicated place. And I love documenting life here. Yale University is a major force in the community, but jobs at the institution are difficult to land. This difficulty, among others, creates social friction. It has been my objective, though, to find community and common ground in the city through photography.

Finding windows in time to explore this city, I have developed an attachment to this nuanced, post-industrial urban center. I have taken a film camera to the streets nearly every day for over a year, in search of honest, decisive moments.

love happened with 35mm film; setting sun near St. Michael’s Church

New Haven is a…

Levi Peterson

Past work in: The Brasilia Review. Leaning toward light with a camera, chasing the poetry of prose here on Medium.

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