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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.

I have also created an about.me account in case you want to see a list of websites I submit to: about.me/nicolas.raymond 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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somadjinn
Nicolas Raymond
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Bethesda, Maryland (18 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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After 2 weeks into January, I would like to wish you all a fashionably late Happy New Year =D Sorry for taking so long, since my last journal update in late November I underwent my 3rd colonoscopy in 4 years. Nothing too serious this time around, it seems I have a genetic predisposition for this kind of thing and it's almost become like yearly maintenance. Even recall joking with the nurse right before the procedure "Here's hoping the third time is a charm", and sure enough I was as good as new after a couple benign polyps were removed :)

The experience did nevertheless make me pause and reflect on the future. Even for a routine medical procedure and doctors asking for repeated confirmation who I would give power of attorney to if I was incapacitated, there remains a lingering sense of worry... a moment I have to ask myself "What if?" and "What have I done with my life?" 

After everything turned out ok that worry quickly turned to joy, yet with New Year around the corner I felt more determined than ever to make my resolutions count. Always motivated to make a living doing what I love most in photography and the visual arts while wanting to give back in the form of stock. However, I am still very far from where I want to be and have come to realize a big change is needed to make my dreams come true.

I have in turn reached the difficult decision of scaling down my stock efforts on deviantART. I think some of you may have already started noticing a pattern last year when I would drop in every now and then, submit a series of images and then POOF! crawl under the proverbial rock until another cameo appearance weeks or months later. Not for lack of interest, but rather focusing my limited time and energy towards venues where I can hope to earn more solid credentials and better chances to enjoy a professional career in the creative arts. Places like the Smithsonian Institution where I volunteer to take technical photos of their mollusk specimens and various fine art exhibits where I am slowly but surely gaining acceptances :)

What this means to you: Nothing will change for now on my deviantART account, no need to go on a binge for downloading all my images because they aren't disappearing any time soon (besides what's already been put in the vault a couple years ago). In the long term future I may actually add a lot more photos (including lost vault files), but some serious restructuring would be needed as I want to take focus away from my website freestock.ca, delete my watermarks and submit more prints. That would involve revisiting all my existing photos one by one, and right now I am prioritizing on sites like Society6 to market my images as prints and stationery products. An enormous undertaking when I only really started submitting last December and each image averages 40-60 minutes for preparation in various product formats. 332 images at last count with a realistic goal of 1000+ images, together with all the networking I'm looking at 1000+ hours of work to gain enough exposure there for making sales on a daily basis.

That said I do not want a pitch a sale to you my dear friends & watchers. First and foremost, I just want you to know why I've been off the grid and hope you can forgive me for not replying to a whole bunch of messages lately. I am still incredibly grateful for all your support, without it I could have easily given up a few months after creating my account here nearly 10 years ago. I'm the type of person who learns best through painstaking amounts of trial and error, and if they say 2 heads are better one I have benefited from the insight of thousands to help guide me forward.

Instead of a sales pitch, I would like to ask if you can help me on the social media front by Following me on Society6 and/or Liking my new Facebook fanpage:
:bulletgreen: society6.com/somadjinn
:bulletgreen: www.facebook.com/Bold-Frontier…

I would gladly return the favour just as long your images do not come across as highly offensive. In addition, I am willing to give out 1 free premium image here at high res for each Like and Follow. Just mention it in reply to this journal, where I can find you on Society6 or Facebook, and what premium image of mine you would like for free. You can visit this gallery for reference: somadjinn.deviantart.com/galle…

Thanks again for your support and All the Best, 

Nick
society6.com/somadjinn
www.facebook.com/Bold-Frontier…

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Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Playing in the snow--copyright by Sublime-Feline   THANK YOU so very very much!!
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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the support ! :glomp:
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Sisterslaughter165 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Queen Asia and King Eric by Sisterslaughter165 Wow! Thank you ever so much!!! :heart: :omfg:
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Hello,

I'd like to request your permission to use your resources here: fav.me/d9mbopv.

If you have anything against it as it counts as a ideologically-sensitive satirical work, please let me know if you don't mind. If you are uneasy with the content, please tell me and I will take it down. Thanks in advance and regards in the new year.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish you a Merry Christmas and the very best for 2016!! ^_^
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kippa2001 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Merry Christmas Nicolas, hope you are having a fantastic time. :)
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the favs, Nick. :heart:
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ApertureQiwi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the favs :)
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KeekaTiger Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a llama ;)
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