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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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Long overdue journal after my last entry on November 21 and Featured Inspiration 4 on August 22. Sorry by that token for the lack of participation here, my life these days might be summed up as a roller coaster ride of priorities and a relentless chase after a career doing what I enjoy most in photography & the visual arts. To that end and after a month long federal background check, I am delighted to say I found work for the Smithsonian Institution to photograph mollusk specimens inside the Washington DC Museum of Natural History =D

It's a volunteer position but after a lot of soul searching, I've had to take a long hard look at myself to realize my formal credentials in the creative arts are pretty much limited to my portfolio and registered business (E Volution Enterprises or EVE for short as a tribute to the amazing Eve Livesey :iconevelivesey:). Still always grateful for the overwhelming support here, you made a world of difference to keep me pushing forward. Just found it challenging to break the mould in a professional context when I am looking forward to gain the work experience, but many companies & organizations want to see a proven track record first before hiring.

A challenge I am determined to overcome with evermore glowing optimism volunteering for the Smithsonian Institution in photography :) With the mindset of a stock provider wanting to make a difference, I am also looking forward to how my mollusk photos might be put to good use for public education as they are intended to be published and catalogued online. Stay tuned!

I would also like to thank fellow dA artist Brin :iconslight-art-obsession: What started out as a simple collaboration to help me with some premade stock turned out to be an iron-clad friendship including a meetup & photo visit to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia last December. She's so awesome she agreed to let me use her as a personal reference on my Smithsonian application =D

Now to show some appreciation for some fellow deviants and artists I always continue to draw inspiration from in this community. As usual I am featuring deviants in (username) alphabetical order to avoid playing favourites.

:iconalexandre-deschaumes: Alexandre, aka alexandre-deschaumes

Les larmes ardentes d'un jour naissant .. by alexandre-deschaumes Awoken Despair by alexandre-deschaumes Morning Bliss by alexandre-deschaumes
:iconcarolynym: Carolyn, aka CarolynYM

Middletown by CarolynYM Leopard by CarolynYM Old Country Road by CarolynYM

:iconcelem: Chris, aka Celem

Stock: Distant Rain by Celem Stock: Say Roar by Celem Stock: Wide Waterfall by Celem

:iconcolinhuttonphoto: Colin, aka ColinHuttonPhoto

We have lift off! by ColinHuttonPhoto Spicebush Swallowtail - Papilio troilus by ColinHuttonPhoto Wasp by ColinHuttonPhoto

:iconcrgphotography: Casey, aka CRGPhotography

Appreciation by CRGPhotography Autumn by CRGPhotography Peacock by CRGPhotography

:iconlucieon: Lucie, aka LucieOn

Hidden In The Forest by LucieOn Counting Crows by LucieOn Machu Picchu Llama by LucieOn

:iconwelshdragonstocknart: Aled, aka WelshDragonStockNArt (and a heartfelt Cymru am Byth! with a Welsh mother from Clydach :heart:)

May 2015 Tree Tunnel Stock.. by WelshDragonStockNArt Fields Of Gold.. by WelshDragonStockNArt Pinky Blue Sky.. by WelshDragonStockNArt



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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015
Girl 2 by Digithalie Thanks For Support by AudraMBlackburnsArt
jimmy69554 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the fav :) en français, big merci pour avoir mis dans vos favoris mon dernier montage
MyPhotographsOfLife Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for all of the faves and for add me to your watch list :aww: :love: :hug:
ManifestedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Stamp thanks fav by Digithalie
ManifestedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've used your beautiful stock here:  So Far Away by ManifestedSoul

xxtgxxstock Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't find the stock picture I used to fav it, but here's a link to my photo manip:
ilikth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  New Deviant
Very much appreciated your faves and Llama because I really admire your work. Many thanks! Heart 
pjenz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so very much for the faves, so sorry for the late response, very much appreciated :iconrbheartplz::iconballoondogplz:
HairBrainedScenes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the Faves on my Works and Journal
RobertMCarter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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