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Nicolas Raymond
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Bethesda, Maryland, USA (18 years)
Previous: Montréal, Québec, Canada (14 years) + Geneva, Switzerland (1 short year in 1989 where I sponged a whole lot from le très beautiful French language!) + Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (born and lived 2 years)

Inspiration: My Dearly Departed Father Gérard Raymond :icongerryray: Je me souviendrai toujours

Words to live by: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
- Albert Camus

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Hello Friends, hope Summer is treating you well =D Big heat wave here in the Washington DC area, and driving up to Canada to finish clearing some personal belongings from a time I used to live in Montreal. Will be gone a few weeks, but might check in sometimes as I finally decided to get myself a smart phone after resisting the technology for so many years =p The introverted side of me likes the idea of going on nature walks without distractions, but then again I got into a car accident near home a couple weeks ago and found myself having to rely on the other person's cell phone. Lucky to a certain extent as it was more of a slow motion accident where the other guy swerved in front of me at like 10 miles per hour, so it could have been a lot worse considering all the rugged back country roads I've traveled without a phone. Now I'm starting to discover some wonderful apps like WeatherBug and AllTrails to help with my photo hikes, just hope I don't get too addicted!

In any case, thanks for all your amazing support in these last couple months since I started submitting images again. Still have hundreds left to share, maybe a fresh batch after this trip to Canada, only wish I had an extra clone or 2 to help with time management! Very happy with how my premium content is progressing otherwise, on a good day I'll get a couple paid downloads when there was a time I'd be lucky to get a couple per week. Of course that doesn't mean I'll be drinking martinis on a Tahiti beach any time soon, but every little bit helps and I'm always humbled when my premium images are worthy enough for breathing new life into someone else's art. Also very grateful for the constant words of encouragement, I think a lot of us share similar ambitions by wanting to make it in the creative arts and I've always believed we're in this together instead of against each other. 

By that token, I would like to mention another fellow deviant by the name of Eli Vokounova, aka lucid-light :iconlucid-light: Someone who creates wonderful fractals and recently made me aware of Patreon as another venue for selling images with subscription pledges. In her case as low as $1 per month, and even though I was reluctant to pledge at first for being in a similar situation of wanting to make a comfortable living through art, she eventually won over my almighty dollar. Turns out we share many other things in common, and at the end of the day I can afford the extra $1 per month with my increased premium download sales :) If you like fractal art too, feel free to visit her Patreon page below:

When returning from Canada, I'm considering starting a Patreon account for my stock. It would however be a whole new challenge for me, and the idea of exploring unknown territory tends to come with a degree of fear, so I'd like to know what you think. No doubt I'll need to keep my submissions fresh every month and with so many images to choose from, obviously I could not submit them all at once. Maybe it would be a good opportunity to focus on specific subjects I love to photograph like waterfalls & waterscapes, in the hopes of giving you more of what you want and less of what you don't (like grunge & decay which may not be everyone's cup of tea). For those of you who have already benefited from my premium stock here, do you think it would be more appealing to access a greater number of images for a fixed price of say $1 per month as opposed to paying for 50 points / cents for each individual download? In the beginning stages when populating my Patreon gallery, I would also be open to requests for those who want to see specific images from my dA account copied over to Patreon.

I'll leave it at that for now while I pack for my trip. See you again in a few weeks!




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LittleSister88 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist
Thank you for the +fav at ->… :)
Adraya Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the fave!! Sorry its so late Waaaah! Hug 
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Your Deviant ID is so informative.

If you decide to give me back
a Llama, you will make my day.,  Nicolas

Good luck to you in the future,

Have a Blessed day.

Hugs Are Free:  Just Like Llama's  :P

Neaqmir Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much the faves lovely <33
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Thanks for the Fave
parallel-pam Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016   Photographer
thanks for the :+fav:s :-)
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