Swamp people

Ahh, the Louisiana wilderness. After traveling around the world and seeing some truly beautiful, mountainous landscapes, the swamps can pale in comparison. That is, until you hop in a canoe and really start to explore them. The beautiful cypress knees and trees with spanish moss gently blowing in the breeze; a beautiful egret flying overhead, and if you're lucky, a gator or two. It's so calm and untouched and WILD. My friend Nathan took me out on his canoe one gorgeous autumn day. We drove west on I-10 for half an hour and hopped into the blind river. Nathan

POTD – Smile for the Camera

Well here’s another picture of me. I know what you’re thinking…”It’s time for Patrick to start taking pictures of other people!” And you are correct! So that’s coming in the near future. But for now, you’re stuck with my new favorite self-portrait.

POTD – Smoke Break

Towards the end of my trip in India, I headed down to the beaches of Goa. I had heard good things about it, but was wary of having a similar experience to my visit to the islands of Thailand (wherein I encountered more drunken sunburned 18-year-old Brits than I care to admit). I arrived at Palolem Beach and was pleasantly surprised at the awesomeness of it. A super laid-back beach with huts and delicious cheap food and beer. It was paradise. At the end of the day, the fishermen would arrive with their hauls and the fresh fish would

POTD – Lost the Battle, Won the War

Exactly one year ago, I was in Darjeeling, in the northeast of India. The beautiful town sits on a high ridge and (as you can probably guess) is surrounded by tea plantations. One foggy day I walked down to the Tibetan Refugee Center and finally learned what all those “Free Tibet” bumper stickers are about. China invaded the peaceful, Buddhist country of Tibet in the late 1950′s. They overtook its government, destroyed over 6,000 monasteries, and forced the Dalai Lama and millions of others to leave their homeland and seek refuge in the mountains of India and Nepal. In

Live Life the Fullest (or, How to Prolong Your Perception of Time via New Experiences)

As I go about daily life in New Orleans - finding myself in a semi-monotonous routine, waking up in the same bed most mornings - I occasionally find myself daydreaming about my past adventures and wondering where I was exactly a year ago. I look at the photographs I took on this day in 2011. Instantly, a vivid set of memories of that day overtakes my senses; I can clearly see the lovely people I met, taste the delicious dahl baht I ate, feel the ragged bus seat I sat on (with the wayward spring prodding my left booty

Photo Shoot With Dee-1

Do you have any ongoing relationships with people whom you’ve known since kindergarten? It’s pretty awesome to see someone go from being a munchkin eating crayons to being a CEO at Crayola. David “Dee-1” Augustine is one of those people I’ve known since we were 5 years old. We went to Elementary, High School and College together, and now he’s becoming a famous rapper. He is one of the musicians who is building his career from the ground up, unlike, say Soulja Boy, who had one stupid hit and has seen his career melt away like a snowball in