Your Candle Burned Out Long Before Your Legend Ever Did by SquarePeg

Your Candle Burned Out Long Before Your Legend Ever Did by 

Hello. 27th June and number 178 in the ongoing 365 image mega series.

The image of the candle was taken tonight at home.

Three pictures here – candle, dancer (Beth) and cracked glass texture.

The cracked glass was placed onto the candle, blended twice with hard light and partially erased. The pic of Beth was converted to black and white and placed onto the candle/glass and erased to blend after being blended with overlay twice. Some of the background (candle pic) was erased to help with the blending.

Featured in
Beautiful Blends 3/07/2011
ART UNIVERSE 15/07/2011
♥ Artists Universe ♥ 28/08/2011

Candle In The Wind by Elton John

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something as more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

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


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! :)

View Full Profile


  • SexyEyes69
    SexyEyes69almost 4 years ago

    excellent work James! x

  • Thank you, Sarah. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • dunawori
    dunaworialmost 4 years ago

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


  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopalmost 4 years ago

    Great composition Jamie, well done.


  • Thank you, David. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • ewanthot
    ewanthotalmost 4 years ago

    Nice juxtapositions!

  • Thanks!

    – SquarePeg

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Greta. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations, James! Your outstanding work is featured this week in Beautiful Blends!

    (Permanent Feature Gallery)

  • Thank you, Nadya! :):):)

    – SquarePeg

  • BabyM2
    BabyM2almost 4 years ago do you put the crackled glass and place it onto the candle..does one have too have photoshop to do this? i am so wanting too be able to do this without photoshop lol is this possible?

  • Thank you. There are other programs you can use, some free if I’m not mistaken, but I do use photoshop. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago


    Comments encouraged on the
    Please enter your image in the GRUNGE challenge
    Thank you.

  • I can’t believe I didn’t see this until now! Thank you, Kira.

    – SquarePeg

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congratulations on the feature.

  • Thank you. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • Thank you! :)

    – SquarePeg

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.