I'm an artist, writer and ponderer, working in Stirchley, a suburb of Birmingham in the North West of Eurasia.
Tel: +44 (0)7775 690 106
Do not private message me on some corporate service. I proabably won't see it.
Visit the Writing page for an overview of my words.
I've been blogging on and off since 2000. I intend to focus more on my writing over the next year and this site will evolve to reflect that.
I'm self-taught at writing and that, but have a bit of a blind-spot for typos (possibly undiagnosed mild dyslexia, or similar) so expect the odd clunker here and there.
My art portfolio site has my artworks with documentation.
I'm a self-employed freelance artist practitioner. If you would like to hire me on that basis (or on some other basis – I'm not too fussy) here is my CV.
I send a "what Pete's up to" email out every so often. It's probably the best way to follow my work. Subscribe here.
I'm always involved in various things, often with other people, which have their own websites.
- Walkspace – an art-walking collective.
- Loaf – I work at Stirchley's finest workers co-op bakery and am working on the Stirchley Co-operative Development project.
- Photo School – I teach photography and run photo walks in Birmingham. (On hold during the pandemic.)
- The Bunminster Pack – Fiona and I keep rabbits and document everything we know on this website.
- Birmingham Camera Obscura – Exploring and building camera obscuras. (On hiatus.)
I'm an experienced photographer and photography teacher. I'm figuring out how best to showcase my photography on this site but for now the good stuff gets dumped on Flickr.
I have content on / give data to the following commercial online services, though my use fluctuates. It's always best to email me than DM or similar.
- Twitter (links to blog posts / newsletters only)
- Instapaper (links to things of note that I might write about here)
- Vimeo (videos I make)
- Pinboard (booksmarks for research)
- Flickr (photos)
I have a secret Facebook account for those parts of life that require it. Please ignore it if you stumble upon it.
I'm registered on WhatsApp with my mobile phone number, should that be more efficient for you.
- The Sunday PeteArchive of my newsletter for Sunday 25th October 2020
- Arts & Ents – a links specialThe Blackness of Radiohead, Bob Mould on fire, a history of Flash games, discovering This Heat, scale double actor Kiran Shah, Nurse with Wound's list, and Nick Cave.
- Links for Thursday 1st OctoberJudith Butler, Modern Monetary Theory, parks and recreation today, for the Lulz, The Social Dilemma, Trump and Hamilton.
- Thoughts on The Social DilemmaNetflix's documentary on the dangers of the surveillance capitalism industry gives me hope amongst the Lovecraftian dread of social media.
- Heritage Socialism – a working definitionFirst stab at defining a term I came up with and think is worth developing.
- Links for Saturday 26th SeptemberMario Speedrun, Covid transmission update, Solarpunk explained, disruption is bullshit, tri-parenting, not reading books and Punishment Park.
- Links for Friday 18th SeptemberRichard Seymour's Twittering Machine reviewed, dyslexia doesn't exist, plastic recycling is a lie, rich people are pointless, hacking Tony Abbott's passport and a Paul Lansky tune.
- Dome UpWe built a geodesic dome in the back garden and it is awesome.
- Economics and EpidemiologyThe pandemic has shown us how a lot of things we took for granted actually work.
- Links for Tuesday 15th SeptemberFungi, Zeynep Tufekci, paywalls, Trevor Paglan, meritocracies, reality denial and Ogmios.
- Photographs as dataA rough draft at introducing the base concepts for machine learning and image recognition.
- The Practice of WordsI've been thinking about how I can run my websites to best serve my writing.
- Revising the 1972 ProjectMaking sense of how we make sense of the present by looking the events of 50 years ago.
- We desperately need social media literacy or the fascists will winMy irregular polemic on the social media and its problems returns.
- History is constantly being "erased", and that's OK.Critiquing the statue "debate" by examining what we mean by history and heritage.
- Marching against racism in BirminghamConnecting the current #BLM protests with marches since the 1960s. (On the Walkspace blog)
- Walking Weird BritainI review the Weird Walk zine by looking how the concept of "weird" has been used to explore this country. (On the Walkspace blog.)
- Last week a jigsaw saved my lifeLike many people, I discovered the joy of jigsaws during lockdown.
- Insomnia Journal 07 May 20Lancing a festering boil about the government's ineptitude.
- Good composition is ideologically fraughtCropping someone out of a photo for aesthetic reasons is a dangerous game.