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Angmar Halloween Spirit by mjranum
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Angmar Halloween Spirit :iconmjranum:mjranum 77 8
Vik by mjranum
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Vik :iconmjranum:mjranum 310 19
Sithrak Worshipper by mjranum
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Sithrak Worshipper :iconmjranum:mjranum 28 13
Ubu Roy by mjranum
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Ubu Roy :iconmjranum:mjranum 42 11
Forebears by mjranum
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Forebears :iconmjranum:mjranum 71 23
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You know you want to :iconmjranum:mjranum 32 24
Keep it simple by mjranum
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Keep it simple :iconmjranum:mjranum 234 29
More soap molds by mjranum
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More soap molds :iconmjranum:mjranum 273 82
Fight Club Soap and molds by mjranum
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Fight Club Soap and molds :iconmjranum:mjranum 114 21
Demotivator by mjranum Demotivator :iconmjranum:mjranum 126 54 Welcome to the Internet - 2 by mjranum
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Welcome to the Internet - 2 :iconmjranum:mjranum 70 49
Welcome to the Internet - 1 by mjranum
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Welcome to the Internet - 1 :iconmjranum:mjranum 59 25
Vintage: Flour Sack by mjranum
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Vintage: Flour Sack :iconmjranum:mjranum 290 28
Jacki's Claymore by mjranum Jacki's Claymore :iconmjranum:mjranum 117 21 Okari Mona by mjranum
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Okari Mona :iconmjranum:mjranum 499 26
Column - TK by mjranum
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Column - TK :iconmjranum:mjranum 191 7

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girls back by mindsize
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Little Angel :iconfran-darkdeliverance:Fran-DarkDeliverance 19 6
9th Gate by whyeff21 9th Gate :iconwhyeff21:whyeff21 524 54 Rapunzel by Foxfires Rapunzel :iconfoxfires:Foxfires 148 70 mjranum's torso VII reloaded by bunny34
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Need Of Revenge by StanEdge Need Of Revenge :iconstanedge:StanEdge 3 3


Angmar Halloween Spirit
Self-portrait, 2017

This is not stock; please do not download it and beat on it. I will post a copy of the unedited version on my stock account in a couple days. Please use that version if you want to work on this image.

Nazgul-inspired cape by The Wishmasters Capes


Marcus J Ranum
United States
Current Residence: Morrisdale, Pennsylvania
Favourite genre of music: Operatic goth
Favourite photographer: Erwin Olaf / Helmut Newton / David Hamilton
Favourite style of art: sexy
Operating System: OpenBSD 2.6
MP3 player of choice: iPod 80 ("video porn" model)
Shell of choice: /bin/ksh
Wallpaper of choice: Black
Skin of choice: female
Favourite cartoon character: Marv from Sin City / Druuna / Honey
Personal Quote: If life gives you lemons - kick its ass.
I post stuff here, on fetlife, and on tumblr. Well, I used to - now I hardly do at all.

Not because of copyright. I understand that when you post something on the internet, you're posting it for everyone to look at, and it's going to get shared around. But the comped-up piece of shit you see above (minus my commentary) is all over the internet - it's far more widely distributed than my original version. Back when I used to read my messages here and on Fetlife, I had 12-20 messages per day about stuff like this. Mostly it was people trying to be helpful and telling me "HEY! Look over here, there's another person who smeared shit all over your art!"  And it used to take me an hour every morning to cut and paste URLs into DMCA requests to get this kind of crap taken down.

Welcome to the Internet - 1 by mjranum

But that's really only the tip of the emotional iceberg for me. About 1 in 10 times that I post a DMCA I'd get a message from the person who had posted it. So not only would my inbox be filled with woe from all the copyright violations, I'd get a breakdown approximately as follows:
10% You #*!@&^!ing @#*&!@! I hope your !&*!&^# falls off and you die of cancer!!!
30% By posting an image on the internet it's in the public domain (followed by 3 pages of complete wrongness about copyright)
30% You can't make me stop! Nyaa nyaa nyaa fuck you nyaa nyaa!
20% A lecture about how mean and rude I am
5% A genuine apology
5% Well, I like it anyway, so in spite of your having complained to me and explained why you don't like it, is it OK if I keep it up? (completely clueless in other words)

Understand, as I do, that that's a small percentage of a small percentage of all the people who share my images around. But with the size of the population on the internet, it's a large number in total. On a site like Fetlife, that equates to about 100 threatening or angry emails a year. Yeah, it really makes me feel appreciated.

I set that against the times when someone comes up to me at a conference and says "dude, I love your photography!" or I get an email from someone asking please please please for a high resolution version of the file because they want to make a big print of it and frame it for their sweetie. Or, the occasional emails where someone thanks me for my stock photography helping them get a cover gig for their first book cover. Those are great. I love those moments. But they sure as hell aren't as often as the angry, petulant, bratty, or downright snotty lectures I get from ignoramuses who want to hide behind their personal interpretation of copyright law (which, by the way, is universally wrong) or who are incapable of saying "I'm sorry."

Welcome to the Internet - 2 by mjranum

Let me tell you a true story: one of the better online friends I made on Deviantart is someone I got to know because they ripped off one of my artworks and photoshopped on it (brilliantly) to turn it into a photocomposite. I told them they couldn't do that, and they said they loved my stuff, and I suggested they use a different image - here - ... and we were off to the races. We've been swapping ideas and I've been shooting custom stock for them ever since; It's a positive and nurturing creative collaboration.

You see, I'm not some ogre. I want to get my art on just like you. But I am increasingly feeling backed into a corner. I got into doing the wet plates because a) it's cool  b) I get to work with nasty dangerous stuff  c) it looks awesome   d) you cannot duplicate a plate; it's a unique artwork. I started doing wet plates in order to protect myself emotionally and to protect my art. Oh, want to know how that turned out? Some cheese-brain was taking the scans I post of my wet plates and removing my art from them, so he could use the edges in his images because, yeah, they look cool!! He. Threw. My. Art. Away. Because. The. Only. Part. That. Was. Useable. Was. The. Edges. I almost offered him a wet plate so I could get his address and go talk to him about it face to face.

These are the emotional trade-offs I'm up against. I've finally had to confront the fact that if I want to keep posting stuff on the internet, I'm going to have to utterly concede to the faceless horde out there. I will have to either stop altogether or give it all away. Not just give it away technically, give it away emotionally. And that's the problem: if I don't care, it's not going to be any good.

Submission - 1 by mjranum

If I didn't give a shit how my photography looked, I wouldn't give a shit about someone photoshopping their bad high school poetry over top of it. I wouldn't argue with them. I'd just have to lie there and take it, and I know that eventually it's going to mean creative death for me. Perhaps where I am headed is toward making photos just for myself, and not sharing them with anyone. That's sort of where I am, already. I have boxes and boxes of wet plates on a shelf over at my studio. There, they sit. I have tens of thousands of digital images on my hard drive(s). There, they sit. I am frozen at the perfect apex between anger, disgust, and the desire to quit.
  • Listening to: My computer fan
  • Watching: my laptop
  • Playing: at being human
  • Eating: as little as possible
  • Drinking: tea

Who wins: Zombies -VS- Necrophiliacs -VS- Cannibals? 

534 deviants said Bruce Campbell (a late entry)
513 deviants said Zombies
229 deviants said Necrophiliacs
173 deviants said Cannibals

Journal History


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FoxyM8 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for stock  Red Riding Hood. New Chapter by FoxyM8
H100-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Thank you for the use of your stock, used here.

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Night Stalker by H100-Photography
 Great stock by the way Clap 
Gregohanhero Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
Merry Christmas Merry christmas everybody Santa fella (Universe) Pika Merry Christmas - fella (Universe) Christmas Classic Sonic Merry Christmas sign Christmas- Plusle Christmas- Minun and Happy New Year too:HappyNewYear: 
alan1828 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017
Used one of your stocks here  DECK THE HALLS by alan1828   Thanks again for sharing it  :)
alan1828 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
Another one here  CLAUS TO ME by alan1828   :)  Thank you
alan1828 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
One more   'TIS THE SEASON TO BE NAUGHTY by alan1828   :squee:
alan1828 Featured By Owner May 9, 2018
darquiel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Happy B-Day!
emcorpus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Good afternoon, Marcus, and a happy birthday shout out to you from California. I don't agree or give ringing endorsements of all of your visual work or personal opinions. We do share common ground on enough for me to keep watching and learning from you. I respect and appreciate you for a number of reasons it would take longer than I have, or the eloquence to do so at the moment. For now, let's just say that I do appreciate you and benefit much from your output. I hope you're celebrating well, and that the celebration lasts in some positive form or another through every day of the year up ahead.
Cheers and best regards,
mecengineer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
Happy Birthday Marcus
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