A snapshot can evoke a detailed story. A word can create a rich image.

Something happens in the interplay between images and words. Typically, when I create visual art, the words come first. Sometimes, however, I force myself to play in paint or graphite to see what blooms; what grows out of colors, shapes, and strokes.

In photography, the process is somewhat different. Things already exist so I’m recording reality, but then I mold it as I damned well please either visually manipulating it or framing the images with words in the way I want viewers to experience them.

It’s no surprise the importance of words in my otherwise visual life. My family surrounded me with books, journals, magazines and newspaper subscriptions. My parents loved poetry; mom the classics, dad the light verse of Ogden Nash and Dorothy Parker. We explored our hometown library. Dictionaries, the World Book Encyclopedia and scads of non-fiction books provided our touchstones to the rest of the world for my two brothers and I during the 1950s. Even though I’m a painfully slow reader, I read most of them.

It’s the evoking of words from images and images from words that populates this blog. What’s presented here is a sincere, but shallow, exploration with few conclusions.



Douglas Alden Peterson is a graphic designer and writer in Brighton, Michigan, who doesn’t look as good as this portrait anymore but he’s too vain to update it.

He has spent 35 years in the muddy bogs and overgrown trails of freelance graphic design and strategic marketing for large and small companies under the name Visualeyes and his embarrassingly unprofessional, slapped-together online presence: www.vizzle.com. His creative energies are more appropriately directed toward blazing trails for his devoted clients who throw rose petals and small change at his feet.

Frothy: about.me/douglaspeterson
Informative: linkedin.com/in/douglasapeterson/


§ 5 Responses to "About"

  • Sandra Vartanian Dusbiber says:

    Thanks for all your help answering all my questions about the ducks at Millpond. You sure do an amazing job keeping up with all the duck families and all the other wildlife in that area.

  • DougPete says:

    Hi Sandee,
    I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to your comment. The Holidays and health issues got in my way. I’m glad we finally were able to meet at the pond and I’ve enjoyed seeing your photos on Facebook and http://sandeedusbiber.smugmug.com (among other sites). You’re a prolific and very fine photographer!

  • Sandee Vartanian Dusbiber says:

    Hope your health issues are better now and I will keep you in my prayers . Thank you for your kind words about my photos but you are amazing too.Love reading about all the birds that you write about too. Hope one day we can see you again and talk like we did before.You take care of yourself. Your friends, Sandee and Tom

  • DougPete says:

    I’m recovering well. This mild winter has helped because I’ve been able to get outside to walk. I’ve done that most days and it’s helped me regain strength and lighten my moods. I’m sure we’ll see each other again at the pond but it might be once spring arrives because I spend more time there then. Keep shooting!

  • Melissa says:

    Dear Doug,
    I have been reading your blog for some time now and love it. I am going to miss you so much! Sad news this weekend and I still cannot believe it. Thinking of your family and loved ones.

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