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Poor Boy From A Poor Family by SquarePeg

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Hello. 22nd May and number 142 in the ongoing 365 image mega series. So far so good.

Taken tonight at home, standing at the kitchen window, camera held low. I was reminded of the video for the classic Bohemian Rhapsody when I looked at the finished image and wanted to pick a title from the lyrics that seemed to fit the rusty metal. I think it works.

Both the rust texture and the self portrait had levels adjustment and high pass filter layers (face at three pixels, rust at ten) and had a duplicate layer converted to black and white and blended with the back ground using overlay. Then the face was placed onto the rust, blended with hard light and partially erased to blend it in. Some dodging and burning.

Canon EOS 20D / Canon USM 28mm-105mm lens.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy (poor boy), I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go
little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me, to me

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooo
Didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

It’s too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
Goodbye everybody – I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooo – (anyway the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango?
Thunderbolts and lightning – very very frightening me
Galileo, Galileo,
Galileo, Galileo,
Galileo Figaro – magnifico-o-o-o

I’m just a poor boy nobody loves me
He’s just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come easy go – will you let me go
It’s the LAW! No – we will not let you go – let him go
It’s the LAW! We will not let you go – let him go
It’s the LAW! We will not let you go – let me go
Will not let you go – let me go (never)
Never let you go – let me go
Never let me go – ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no -
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has the devil put aside for me
for me
for me
for me

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Oh baby – can’t do this to me baby
Just gotta get out – just gotta get right outta here

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters, nothing really matters, to me

Anyway the wind blows…

Featured in
Men Appreciation 22/05/2011
ART UNIVERSE 4/06/2011

I’ve been taking photographs since 1997 and I still love it. After a brief dislike of photomanipulation I now use Photoshop extensively on a majority of my work. People are my favourite subject and I’m always on the look out for new models, so drop me a line if you’re interested! :)

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    I like reading you processing notes . . .

  • Thank you, Hugh. It’s nice to know someone reads them!

    – SquarePeg

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 3 years ago

    you are pure brilliance

  • Thank you so much, Heather. :):):)

    – SquarePeg

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensover 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your wonderful image to
    All In, Editing


  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaover 3 years ago

    Great work!!!

  • Thank you, Mukesh! :):):)

    – SquarePeg

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 3 years ago

    I can see right up your nose. LOL

    Seriously Jamie, great composition and I like the reference to one of the greatest performances ever.


  • Thank you, David. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • oneartiststudio
    oneartiststudioover 3 years ago

    Feature Artist Of The Week!

  • Thank you very much, Karen. :):):)

    – SquarePeg

  • oneartiststudio
    oneartiststudioover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • © Kira Bodensted
  • Thank you! :):):)

    – SquarePeg

  • Jan Pudney
    Jan Pudney10 months ago

    Congratulations – beautiful blending.
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