“Waking Light” by Collin Levin


You look so good I get glitter in my eyes and a steady afternoon high. I think of ways to hold onto this longer than the waking light, but you only get people for a certain amount of time. My mother told me stories about women who’d be able to color to the way you see the world, tug at your ideas of time, and reorient your sun. I never knew they’d be clad in denim and starry eyed, thin limbs and pale white.


Collin Levin has captured Mathilda Tolaven Deukmejian at Wilderness Park, looking like the perfect woodland nymph. Her doe eyes and alabaster skin have created a whimsical scene set against an afternoon for the dreambooks. Something about these photographs make me want to still time and wade slow into rivers of change, stay young and hopeful and out of breath forever.








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