The People, Places & Patterns Project

About this project

People, Places & Patterns Project from Peter West Carey on Vimeo.


Explore, video record and photograph various countries on all of the world’s continents as seen through the three main subjects of People, Places & Patterns. Return home to USA and ignite curiosity about other cultures in those young and old through engaging presentations in schools, libraries and community groups.  Create online tools for remote viewing and learning.

How I’ll Do It

I will be scheduling talks with various groups in my community, slowly expanding the circle. I will visit local schools, libraries and community groups in order to share my experience and excite people’s imaginations. I love using travel as a tool to open people’s minds to the possibilities of life beyond our normal borders. I have done slideshows in the past and the response is always favorable when travel and nature photography are introduced.

Most importantly for me, I want this ongoing journey to enrich the lives of those around me. I want to bring a bit of all the countries and continents I visit back home and help others enjoy the world around them. If you have a local group who would like a free slideshow presentation, contact me!

In a quick nutshell, that’s the frame work.  While I have not filed for official non-profit status, this project is not being designed to turn any kind of profit.  Most all presentations will be a donation of my time and energy aside from my paying work.  At this moment, the costs are low as I’ve been lucky in finding facilities willing to donate space, but eventually I’ll be moving to locations where I will be required to bring my own equipment.  Therefor, I am interested in a select number of sponsors who can help bring this project to more screens.  If you’re interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, email me. This work is ongoing so check back monthly to see new progress.

TEACHERS: Ongoing School Presentations

I am currently looking for likely elementary, middle and high school programs who may benefit from a regularly scheduled guest appearance, via Skype or another technology, in their class. I am piloting this program now with a school in Utah where I will be offering images, talks and answering questions on the world biomes as I travel and while at home on a weekly basis. I am also bringing in expert witness reports from friends in the industry to help liven up classroom material and make learning more interactive.

If you are a teacher and would like to discuss how I may be of help to your class’ learning, please contact me and we can discuss a way to work together. I love helping kids learn and will do what I can to facilitate that within the confines of your curriculum. More information can be found on this page.

Scheduled Presentations

Past Presentations

  • January 17th, 2013 – Boston Harbor Elementary
  • August, 2012 – On board M/V Safari Endeavour, Juneau, AK
  • Weekly remote presentation for a high school in American Fork, Utah
  • June 7th, 2012 7PM – Boulder, CO – George Reynolds Library
  • May 23rd, 2012 – Remote Presentation, San Diego, CA – 6th grade class slide show and Q&A via Skype – All subjects
  • March 16th, 2012 7pm – Spokane, WA – Land Rover Spokane 1310 W 3RD Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 MAP
  • February 4th, 2011 – Portland, Oregon  7pm, Jupiter Hotel
  • October 9th, 2010 – Standwood, WA – Small Group presentation in private home.
  • August, 2010 – Woodinville, WA – Public Presentation specific to Nepal and Patterns, in conjunction with Hot Yoga Of Woodinville
  • July 2010 – Remote Presentation, San Diego, CA – 6th grade class slide show and Q&A via Skype – All subjects
  • July 2010 – Remote Presentation, San Diego, CA – Another 6th grade class slide show and Q&A via Skype – Just Patterns (and animals)
  • June 2010 – Clinton, WA – Entire Montessori School slide show concentrating on just Africa
  • June 2010 – Leavenworth, WA – General slide show open to public in conjunction with Dancing Coyote Camp and Barn Beach Reserve

Special Thanks To Project Supporters

16 Replies to “The People, Places & Patterns Project”

  1. james polster

    I would love to put one of my new camera systems in your capable hands. Gratis, for you to try out if you would like to. Please contact me back to arrange this opportunity. Thank you for your consideration. Jim 216 978 1695

  2. Rebecca Morquecho


    This is awesome! My husband and I are photojournalists with hearts for travel. But more importantly, we love to motivate and inspire with whatever it is we bring back 🙂 Let us know if you’re ever back in San Diego.


  3. harish

    Hi Peter,

    I came across your blog through DPS. Liked your post and followed you to your blog/ site. I have same aspirations as you do to travel and document my travel. I was looking through your dates- you seem to have none for the east coast. Do make plans it will be great to meet you and learn from your experiences.

    Keep me posted. All the best.



  4. tho

    Wow, fantastic low angle photos!
    If you have never been to India, come down.
    We will be very happy to have you here.
    Come see an enjoy the myriad India.

  5. Frances Miller

    How would you like to come to Mexico City? Yes, great, great pictures, the best food, nice people, wonderful museums, fairs, rural events, you name it, we have it.

    I am an amateur photographer, my father was a well known American photographer in Mexico and I would like to invite you to share with us your photos. I also want to let you know that I could arrange for you a wonderful place for you to give your talk show (free of charge) in one of the best neighborhoods in this wonderful city. I have very much enjoyed reading your blogs and would like to support your project by organizing an even t in Mexico.

    Let me know if you are interested and we will take it from there.

    Best, Frances Miller

    • Sandra Chemali

      I am a former Texan located in Irapuato, Gto. and would love to attend a presentation by Peter if it is arranged. I just discovered Peter’s website last night and, of course, spent hours there. I see by the date of your post that I might have already missed it.

      I am an amateur photographer. Most of my learning process has been on-line, which has been fantastic, but not as much fun as working in a group would be. Irapuato is not exactly a cultural center. We are finally beginning to form a group for photo walks and the study of the history of photography.

      I have been “way-laid” by learning Lightroom and Photoshop. The editing fasinates me but it is time to concentrate again on taking pictures. Peter’s 31 days project appears to be the perfect journey to take. It is unbelievably complete. Congratulations Peter. You have put a huge amount of work into your project.

      Best wishes for the new year, Sandra

  6. Denise Nicolajsen

    Hi Peter,
    My daughter is taking a Gr12 Photography class at Mount Baker School in Cranbrook, BC we are surrounded by the Rocky Moun tains with amazing hiking/photography opportunites. If you think you can come to our part of the world and be a guest speaker at the school that would be great. I could perhaps even talk with other photographers if you wanted to put on a photography tour here next Spring. Let me know what you think.


  7. kami Sherpa

    Hi peter,
    Do you have any exhibition or talks around Seattle???I would love see your great pictures and your experience.thanks

    • Peter West Carey Post author

      I will be planning a talk this Fall specifically on climbing smaller peaks in the Solukhumbu in Seattle. I will post here when I have the date and location set. Thank you for your interest!

  8. Lilian Lustosa

    Hy Peter!!! What about Brasil? Would you like come and visit us? Have you ever been here? I´m a photographer student and I will enjoy your visit here in São Paulo! Brasil is beautiful!

  9. Donna Morris

    I would love for you to do a guest speaker spot in my photography classes. I teach high school in Mesquite, Texas just outside of Dallas. I normally have 3 photo classes per year and they are mixed with different levels. My photo-1 students are working with film in the wet-darkroom, while photo 2-4 are working in digital and photoshop. Please let me know if you are interested.


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