Losing My Religion


Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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July, 2015:
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Self Portrait, my own images.

Losing My Religion

Life is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour I’m
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I’ve said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream



All the elements used in this collage are my own…
All but the water were shot with a Canon 5D MkI and 16-35mm lens.

The image started with this picture of the beautifully melancholic ruins of the ancient abbey at Villers la Ville south of Waterloo, Belgium.
This is the middle exposure of the three bracketed takes I used to create an HDR image (with Photomatix) of the main section. As I used a wide angle lens to include the vaulted ceiling, I also needed to correct the sloping verticals using the Transform tool in CS2

The water on the floor is from a shot I took on film a few years ago at Gibraltar in southern Spain (EOS 100 + 24-80mm on Fuji Reala 100 ISO)…

The sky through the windows in the back of the abbey was taken from this shot from Flagler Beach in Florida (neva know when yer gonna need a dynamic sky… always good to keep a couple in your library).

The original picture had 6 round windows in the back… I replaced them with a segment of this window from another section of the abbey, just cuz it looked cooler.

The birds are from this other take of the sky over Flagler Beach. No idea what they are, but as I didn’t have one single shot of vampire bats (which actually surprised me…), I settled for these guys.

The roots growing up the columns in the foreground were actually growing up the outer wall of the abbey… so I planted them inside with CS2 and couldn’t believe how quickly they spread….

And finally… the 7th element. Reeled off 60 shots of myself in lots of poses and a couple of different shirts. Did it on the pattio with the self timer and totally frustrated the next door neighbor as he could see the set up but I kept myself out of view. If it were me, I would have had the kid kick a football over the hedge and told him to have a good look while he fetched it!

Thanks for looking :-)


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Thanx to everyone who dug this enough to click!

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