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.
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.
They look so peaceful when they are curled up together sleeping.
A nice article written about me. It is in German, so you may have to translate. Most of the pictures are of me though. Perhaps I should do more modeling and less photographing.
Image by CleanMoralPolite