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Sometimes I get comments from concerned people who think they have seen my images elsewhere on the Internet. Before jumping to conclusions, please bear in mind that I do submit to other websites outside of deviantArt... over a dozen sites at last count and that number will most likely increase. So I think it's only fair to include this disclaimer for your benefit and convenience.

If you happen to see my photos elsewhere online, look first at the account of the person who posted them. I often go by the username somadjinn or my proper name Nicolas Raymond. Then there's my new baby - - my own website for free stock photos.

I have also created an account in case you want to see a list of websites I submit to: If you still think you see my photos elsewhere posted in more suspicious channels, please feel free to let me know. I genuinely appreciate your concern.

On the flip side, I have to admit it's not too pleasant an experience when people assume the opposite and accuse me of art theft completely out of the blue. I have worked very hard to create all these images over the years, and I hope this disclaimer will help to clear up any misunderstandings either way.

Please also note that most of what I offer is stock, with some commercial uses allowed outside deviantArt (see my Stock Rules for more details). So it's perfectly normal if you find my photos in blogs for example, as long as they credit and link back to me. What I'm most concerned about is a small minority of people who would claim my photos as their own and / or seek to exploit them to make a lot of money.


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Nicolas Raymond
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Bethesda, Maryland (17 years)
Previous Residences: Montréal, Québec (14 years) + Geneva, Switzerland (1 short year in 1989 where I sponged a whole lot from le très beautiful French language!) + Ottawa, Ontario (born and lived 2 years)
Operating System: Mac OS X
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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Wow these last months have been crazy! Sorry for neglecting my account and messages here, a fly on the wall would have probably done a much better job than me in capturing your interest =p I've been out a whole lot soaking in the vibrant colours of autumn, sometimes to the point of waking up at 3AM for sunrise photos and return at 10PM just to sleep so I can wake up early the next day. Together with volunteer work for the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC in helping to photograph their mollusk specimens, I've been hard pressed to find free time for much anything else and hope you can forgive my absence.

Meanwhile I find myself burdened with a heavy heart in the wake of the Paris tragedy and other places hit by terrorist attacks. Realizing nothing I say can alleviate the pain, but I genuinely grieve with you and hope against hope that it will bind us closer together on a world stage. No better role model I can think of than my own father who passed away in 2010, a devout French-Canadian Catholic who wound up marrying a Welsh Protestant (my mother) and put differences aside for the sake of embracing the philosophy of Joie-de-vivre, French for Joy of Living. Very proud of his roots, but also completely open to foreign cultures & customs he would assimilate in bits & pieces for injecting more variety as the spice in his life.

After living 14 years in Montreal (Canada) near where my father came from, I am happy to be back in the DC area and honour his promise to care for my mother when he knew he was on borrowed time. I take some sense of comfort in re-appropriating what once was his computer room as my own bedroom and a decorative sign above the door which reads Peace on Earth. Maybe a generic message, but it's something I take to heart day by day... not only for reminding me of a loving father, but a general sense of hope for humanity.

Otherwise I would like to wish my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving! Despite my ramblings and sobering undertones, life is good here all things considered. For my lack of formal photo credentials, I decided earlier on this year to apply as a volunteer for the Smithsonian Institution and loving the experience. Especially with the mindset of a stock provider wanting to contribute towards something greater than myself, and what I considered a short experiment during a lunch break cropping in close on a Nautilus shell turned out to be selected for a year long exhibit in the heart of DC starting February 18, 2016: "A Unique Lens: Photographs from the Smithsonian Family" =D

Photo in question:
Nautilus Spiral by somadjinn



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jennystokes Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Merci beaucoup Nicolas.
poisen2014 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
thank you very much for the faves Tabby goes Santa 
abyss1956 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Thanks much for the +fav  Heart 
Sventine Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for faving Wild Ice :snowflake: :+fav: :w00t: :snowflake:
little-one-girl Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the +fav Heart 
Kitteh-Pawz Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:'s :)
agapetos Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Great work, man!
PleaseDontTouchMyFry Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama! You have amazing photography skills. Please enjoy the llama I gave you in return.
jennystokes Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much Nicolas..................HUGsssss and :kiss:'s
alphadevilll Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
With your gallery if someone asked me which ones did you dislike, i dont think i can come up with a number greater than zero. :D . Keep up the ''Amazing'' work.
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