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Losing My Religion

Day 112 of 365 (Year Two)


Week 66, Assignment 3 for Take A Class With Dave and Dave.


Inspired by REM. I really lost faith with this band back in the early 90's, but when they come out and say "Yep, we lost our way..." I've got to respect that. Show us something inspired by REM.


I'm not the biggest REM fan. I think I might know two songs off the top of my head. Losing My Religion and It's The End Of The World As We Know It (or whatever the title of that song is). In doing research for this assignment, I have come to the conclusion that most of their songs don't make any sense when you read them. Listening might be different, but the lyrics don't make a lick of sense in most of the songs. Maybe it is just me, but I was scratching my head after reading the lyrics to almost every single song.


Anyway, I decided to go with what I knew, as limited as that may be.


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

  • Bart 7y

    The PSing wasn't really that hard. Getting Kathy on top of a ladder at 11:30 at night in our parking lot, along the road, shooting off an almost full power flash..........that was harder! And I have reaffirmed my neighbors' belief in my insanity! LOL

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Nicole Harlow 7y

    I like this one. Love the effects. I think I haven't listened to or cared about R.E.M. in so long that I just might sit back and enjoy everyone else's photos. This is the one song I kept coming back to, but wasn't sure how to execute it. Nice job. :)
  • evaxebra 7y

    Great idea and good photoshopping. I really like the representations with the light and the shadow. There's something about it that is displeasing to the eye and I can't figure out what it is - maybe the light on your face is too gray?
  • Bart 7y


    Probably just my face! ;-) LOL
  • fuzzirella 7y

  • Bart 7y

  • Chris Bridgett 7y

    thats deep!
  • Bart 7y

  • Collin Parker 7y

    Great concept, and the shadow work is really nice. The light beams just seem a little off to me, though-- I can't really explain it. Maybe they're too narrow?
  • Bart 7y

    First attempt at doing this. I didn't have much "light" to pull from. It is an interesting little technique.
  • Eve O. Lushion 7y

    great solution! I´ve always been a great REM fan, and did not care much about the lyrics, the music was catchy enough. But when I went through my CDs yesterday, I could not find a single title that evoked a picture in me.
  • hannah webster 7y

  • Bart 7y

    Only knowing a handful of songs by them, and then only a few lines of each song I was somewhat limited in my choices. The Losing My Religion line kept coming back to me and this concept actually popped into my head early on. Originally I was going to make the shadow an actual cross but that came off not looking right. After trying that and comparing it to this, I like the shadow of me in a crucifix pose better and I think it makes a stronger composition as well.

    Thanks! This one was rather easy as it is pretty much just a clone shot, where the shadow is cloned from a second shot.

    I've been going back and looking at it on and off all day and I kinda like how the light is so split up. In my mind I am seeing them move and rotate as if alive, which is OK considering it is supposed to be divine light and not natural light. I would like to shoot one of these in the fog though so that the entire beam shows as light.
  • h4li 7y

    this is such a stunning shot
    and it's very creative
  • Bart 7y

  • StevenSmith1 7y

    Outstanding work, great effects
  • Bart 7y

    Thank you!
  • StrangeSoul 7y

    Good idea , great photo !
  • Codes and World Symbols 7y

    Amazing!, I'm an admin for a group called
    Codes and World Symbols

    and we'd love to have this interesting way to symbolize added to the group!
  • Red Storm 1917 6y

    There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
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