About the Author
My name is Dakota Petersen, though you will often see me going by the moniker “Kohdi”. I am a photographer, a writer, an artist, and a thinker. I find joy in things both simple and complex, from stand-up comedy to theoretical astrophysics, and this diversity manifests itself in my work, whether fiction or pencil sketches.
I am currently pursuing a degree in photography coupled with business courses designed to give practical knowledge in an otherwise art-centric discipline. My time while in school has not been spent idly studying, however, as I take any chance which presents itself to go run away for a day and lose myself in the hills. I consider the wilderness both my office and my classroom, full of opportunities to learn and to refine what I know. It is through this simple observation that I find my inspiration, as the infinite beauties of nature always have something new to teach. This work will reflect here in the Gallery; feel free to look and ponder as much as you like.
For those curious about my gear, I use a Nikon D5000 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, or sometimes an AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6. Depending on the light I might add on a polarizer or graduated-density, or rarely, an on- or off-camera flash. For my black-and-white work (not yet published here) I use either a Pentax K1000 with an SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2, or more recently my Graflex Crown Graphic 4×5 with a Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7. Perhaps someday I’ll scan in my negatives for some monochromatic fun. I have also just started working with a Rolleiflex Automat Type-2, which uses 120 rollfilm in both color and black-and-white.
Aside from official matters I am a fiction writer, though I only have a few short stories on diverse topics to show for it. Everything I write contributes to my experience, however, and toward the massive world-building project I have been working on since early grade school. This project has opened my eyes to linguistics, cartography, the objective study of religion, and the interactions between cultures and individuals. While far advanced, the project still has far to go, and until then it will remain a half-hidden hint of things to come until it can be presented coherently. If you cannot resist the urgent calling to immerse yourself in my writings, you may find several examples in my modifications and images for the games Oblivion and Skyrim which are published on the Nexus sites (link in the Links section, of course). I would recommend at least a working knowledge of the games before diving too deep, though, as what I do in that respect often depends heavily on the internal lore of the games themselves.
I will do my best to respond in a timely matter, but do not be surprised if a day (or longer, potentially) goes by without a reply. Please do not email me regarding products or services, however, as such solicitations will be deleted without a response. Thank you for visiting, and enjoy your stay!