Q&A: Kate Peters


What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Write a list, hopefully cross bits off, meet my sister for a curry and go see Benjamin Clementine sing and play the piano. What is your nationality? British. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? French. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Obedience. What is your biggest regret? No time for regrets. Summer or winter? Summer. Would you like to see more or less political correctness? Less. What part of the planet would you like to explore? As much of it as possible, but the Atacama Desert is at the top of my list. Where do you think the most dangerous place on Earth is? I’m about to head to favela’s in Rio and Sao Paulo so I’m hoping it’s not there. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Everyday is a new day. You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Mandarin.

What was the last crime you witnessed? The x factor. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Tony Blair but I think that’s already happened. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Rosa Parks’ bus ride. Make a prediction for the future. It exists. Your favorite painter? I nearly cried when I saw Degas ‘La Coiffure’ in the National Gallery. Invent a swear-word. ******* Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. M.A.N. What is the next book you want to read? The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? A kick in the balls, but I can only imagine.

Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? The mob Describe a cheap thrill. Downhill mountain biking (a big hill counts too). Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astronomy. Ultimate camera? I’m currently hankering after a Contax T3. Most used camera? Mamiya RZ. Which living person do you most admire? It’s a long list. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Arturo Bandini from John Fante’s Ask the Dust – not necessarily a hero but a favourite name and a great book.

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