Category Archives: Life

My Name

So this name, Andraste, when I first found it in an old book about ancient Celtic mythology, it had not been used for hundreds, perhaps close to a thousand years.
I needed a unique name for a project I was working on. So I searched for a name that sounded cool but was not in use anywhere else.
A model I photographed and am now friends with started calling me Patrick Andraste to differentiate me from other Patricks she knew. Because of her popularity, other people started calling me that and it stuck.
Now it is the name of a few bands, video game characters, and quite a few people are using it as their names.
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I kind of liked being the only one.

Seattle Erotic Art Festival

I am an invited Artist and will be showing two images at the 2015 Seattle Erotic Art Festival this year. Both of these pieces have very interesting stories behind them.

Saturday the 25th at 1 pm I will be giving a guided art tour, the theme of which is “Making Art in Public”. I will talk about what went into making the two pieces I have on display. My personal experiences on what you can and cannot get away with in public. The ramifications of what can happen by taking your art public.

I am looking forward to getting re-involved with the Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Rant

I am going through a period of self exploration to figure out who I am and what I want to do.
I have just gotten tired of people stealing my work, people disparaging me, the rumours, the innuendos. Although I find it hilarious when people namedrop my name to me.

The whole photography thing is becoming bothersome. People tell me they love my work, yet not very many purchase my work. They just steal my work and a lot try to pass it off as their own. When I started taking pictures way back when models would actually show up when they said they would. Now, I am lucky to get a 30% show rate. Unlike most so called photographers, I provide all of the clothes, props, locations, equipment, and I am outfitted with camera gear that is quite a bit better and a lot more expensive than a fucking I-phone. It costs real money for me to do a photo shoot.

While digital photography has made photography more accessible to the masses, the term “Photographer” has almost become a dirty word. So many people call themselves photographers today. It seems every guy with a cell phone is a photographer. I have become ashamed to be called a photographer. The other half of the people seem to think they are models that should get paid, even though they have not done anything noteworthy.

I do not pay models. If anyone is getting paid, it is me. for a model to get a paid shoot with me there has to be someone interested in buying the content, whether it be for commercial use, someone’s web content, or custom shoots/videos with usually very specific content. Hardly anyone will buy pictures of pretty girls in latex or bondage or naked. There is so much of that type of content out there for free. And I really do not need it for “My Portfolio”.

People hacking into my website, I am not sure why they want to. there is not much here. I removed most of the “Good Stuff” a while ago. I wish the little fuckers would just leave it alone.

Hosting Websites

I currently maintain 50 websites for people. A lot of these people I never seem to hear from anymore. none of these people are helping me pay for my hosting etc. which when all added up is over a thousand dollars a year between the base hosting and paying for the domain names.
If I am hosting your website, and I have not heard from you in a while, and I do not hear from you by the end of March I shall cancel the website.

The Rules

The Rules:
All images are taken by me, have me in them or I produced them. Therefore I either own the images or have full rights to use them.
Images can be copied for personal use (Copied to your personal computer for wanking material etc.) provided all watermarks and copyrights remain intact.
Derivatives of this content is still considered my content, I do not give a flying fuck how much you think you “changed it”. You must credit the original author (Me).
If you wish to share images, please link to the original content here first. If that is not possible all watermarks and copyrights must remain intact with the images, all metadata must remain intact, and you must credit the photographer (Most likely me) and the model.
Images are available for commercial use with prior written permission.
These images and this content is here to offend and excite you.
If your fragile existence is too shaken by the viewing of these images and this content, go away. I am not forcing you to view this content.
No hacking of my website. Go find something constructive to do with your life other than being a twat.

I am not your mom or your dad.
It is all porn to someone.

© 1987 – 2018 Patrick Andraste
All images, writings, (non inclusive of links to other locations) are copyright Patrick Andraste. All rights reserved.
No copying, rebroadcast, transmission, private use, publishing, allowed without prior written consent.

Retiring Andraste

So with that, I am thinking very seriously about retiring “Andraste”

It is a name given to me by a model friend that I subsequently used for my alternative photography pursuits. After the drama and trouble that I got into September of 2012, and all of the fallout from that, it just does not seem worth it anymore.

People steal my images, cut off the watermarks and credits, post them as their own and get more popularity over them than I do.

It has cost me my job, caused family turmoil, I have been sued, reported to the police and the FBI, threatened with my life, and for what? Just so people can steal my work, and take credit for it.

Those of you that really know me, know where to find me.

I may or may not leave my website up. I am still deciding what to do with that.

Kitties

They look so peaceful when they are curled up together sleeping.

Photography is not a Crime

Carlos Miller has an online blog about primarily photographing the police, but it is very useful as a resource for what you can do in public with a camera.

http://photographyisnotacrime.com

a good article I recommend you read right away is:  http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/06/20/ten-rules-for-recording-cops/

Carlos has me beat in that he has actually been arrested for photography, where I have only been threatened multiple times, but never arrested for photography.

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The Internet Offends Me

This is very good reading for all of the whining pussies out there with nothing better to do than report me to whoever for such stupid reasons. If you do not like what I have to say, or what pictures I post, go away. I am not forcing you to look, and read. you are coming here on your own accord. So if you do not like it, just go away.

https://theinternetoffendsme.wordpress.com/

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Speed Reality

every 25 mph is a new reality experience for me.

under 25, walking or running.

over 25 a bicycle.

over 50 a motorcycle.

75 is faster than 50

75 you have to start paying attention.

100 begins the exhilaration. This used to be a daily ocurance for me, to get my blood flowing in the morning on my way to work.

125 is serious paying attention. My RX-8 the fastest I have observed on the speedometer is 148.

150 is things are moving fast, and it is a drug. My Formula 2 racebike does ~160

175 is getting close to an orgasm.

175 is the fastest I have been on the ground. It was as a passenger on a formula 1 sidecar rig.

I need to experience 200 now.

Update on Life

I was fired from my day job because of my photography. At first they said it would not be a problem, but that was a lie I now find out. Because I was a good corporate employee, and I told them what I did, they proceeded to find anything they could to fire me.

So now I have lots of time to take pictures.

I am not sure where I am going from here. I do know I need to make money until I find a new job, so if you have any projects you could use me for, it would be greatly appreciated.