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Be Yourself by Xerces Be Yourself by Xerces
From my series of pictures named with a song title Be Yourself- Audioslave

The song (and picture) mean a lot to me. The song has also grown in significance recently.
Inspired by:
Someone falls to pieces
Sleeping all alone
Someone kills the pain
Spinning in the silence
To finally drift away
Someone gets excited
In a chapel yard
And catches a bouquet
Another lays a dozen
White roses on a grave

Yeahhh...

And to be yourself is all that you can do
Heyyyy...
To be yourself is all that you can do

Someone finds salvation in everyone
Another only pain
Someone tries to hide himself
Down inside himself he prays
Someone swears his true love
Until the end of time
Another runs away
Separate or united
Healthy or insane

And to be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
Yeahhh...
To be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
To be yourself is all that you can do (all that you can do)
Heyyyy...
Be yourself is all that you can do

Even when you've paid enough
Been pulled apart or been held up
Every single memory of the good or bad
Faces of love
Don't lose any sleep tonight
I'm sure everything will end up alright
You may win or lose
¨
But to be yourself is all that you can do
Yeahhh...
To be yourself is all that you can do


Not seen/heard it? Watch the music video here

A moral? Yes, there's a moral. Be Yourself. Forget what everyone wants you to be.

The Words- Beautiful, Shy, Gorgeous, Strong, Stressed, Loner, Morbid, Loud, Stupid, Scruffy, Goth, Liar, Selfless, Judgemental, Sick, Calm, Angel, Insane, Vindictive, Energetic, Mosher, Hostile, Condemned, Intelligent, Self-Obsessed, Faceless, Contented, Slut, Ugly, Agile, Funny, Selfish, Arrogant, Loving, Destructive, Rude, Smart, Masochistic, Popular, Caring, Violent, Quiet, Coward, Hating, Sadistic, Creative, Freak, Emotional, Sweetheart, Understanding, Friendly, Perfect, Clumsy, Angry, Diseased, Fake, Sexy, Sly, Callous, Cool, Worthless
And Be Yourself

Model: me
08/03/2007 EDIT- This picture has been taken again using a better camera. That is all.

I give my full permission for ~VisualMelodies and ~PortraitGallery to display this deviation in their club galleries

This is NOT Stock photography. You do not have permission to use this image.
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Yet another stunning image from an amazing gallery and many can learn from the meaning behind this image.

It's composition is simple and straightforward, however it's meaning is clear and genius. By choosing to have the image in black and white, except for the words "Be Yourself' shows the priority and importance of this advice - essentially screw the stereotypes and false shells; be yourself.

Many members of our society hide behind masks of false personalities and we should all just be ourselves rather than who others want us to be. Well done to @Xerces for bringing this issue to light in an orginal way that hits a nerve in everyone who happens to stumble upon it. Simply; inspiring.
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I love how such a big thing is complied into one simple photo. Many people hide behind these masks daily and live their lives in them; they eat and drink, talk and play in them never thinking for a moment to remove them and show the world the real them, the person who they truly are.

I like how all the things we're trying to hide from the world are written on the mask to show off, but at the same time making the mask more complicated to hide behind. The positioning of the mask is also very effective; how half the face is hidden as if not wanting to reveal their whole personality to the world (even though it's written on the mask) but the eye can be seen, like through a mask.

I also adore how many of the word contradict each other and some stand alone to make their stand against the others. The overall image is stunning and beautiful idea which has been pulled off expertly well.
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ibjennyjenny Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Photographer
Your work has been Featured Here.
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Xanness Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
You should be yourself. Everyone should. (unless "yourself" is a serial killer or rapist child molesting drug dealer. Then maybe don't do that.) Also, you are so pretty! Never let anyone say you're not.
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wolfsong6 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I love this picture so much. This is so amazing. Love 
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you so much!
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krautbuster Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy shit im listening to that right now.
great pic by the way you really captured the meaning of the song in a really neat way.
i really love how one of the eyes is still in the mask. how the person still hasn't completely revealed themselves to the world.
I normally dont leave post this long and if i do there usually goofy, but this photo seems special to me .
Really well done.
sorry i rambled.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just perfect
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LysiBlade Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This image in perfect! I love it very much! Would you be opposed if I used it for the cover of my poem @ figment.com? I'll be sure to give you full credit of course!
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babesis1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012   Artist
i love this
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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herokuroki Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Writer
i love how "bitch" is written in the middle. very expressive. love it. :D
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Felizias Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this song. :love: I'm hearing it right now! :D
Love your picture too it really speaks to me. :wow:
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KingxXxNothing Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
this very beautiful. very simple but sends the message directly. great job!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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:iconbabajo:
babajo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i must say this beauty full....i like it
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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isabella-hellsing Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, how amazing photography :love: and the concept is fantastic!

Congratulations :)
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much :)
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isabella-hellsing Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, how amazing photography :love: and the concept is fantastic!

Congratulations :)
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clemur Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
:iconheartemote: This amazing piece has been featured here: [link] :iconheartemote:

Keep on bein' yourself :huggle:
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much :hug:
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clemur Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
No problem! :huggle:
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emotive-energy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, this piece has been featured in my journal as part of a #VanityTheory exposure feature. [link] :aww:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much!
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emotive-energy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome. :heart:
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SnowFlower55 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful and creative...I wish I could say more, but I'd just make myself look foolish trying to describe my feelings for it...Wonderful work. :)
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Photographer
This gorgeous photo is featured in the Shoot Yourself, Beautiful news article, posted on behalf of #VanityTheory.
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alahay Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
that is so allegoric, I love it!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :heart:
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blackfairy74 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
The picture is AMAZING. And the concept, and that BEAUTIFUL song, that is actually one of my favorite songs of all times. :love:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a song that means a lot to me as well. Very glad you like it too =D
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Saru-AngelicWerewolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
I would buy this as a print if I had money. Its really good.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
So glad you like it! thanks very much. And even if you can't buy one, the thought is much appreciated :hug:
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Tiago-Borges Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
I Love This Picture (:

Well Done ^^
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much!
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Tiago-Borges Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
you´re welcome (:
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Pola-444 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
beautiful. love the concept.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much, hun!
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Pola-444 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
you're welcome :huggle:
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2012ReapeR Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
awesome idea =]
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much!
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2012ReapeR Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
yo welcome ;)
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StudioPitchArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I Like beautiful:D
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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ikai-zixie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love the meaning on this!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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since91 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The concept behind this is very strong. Focusing must've taken you a lot, considering this is a self-portait. Congratulations for it, it is a well-done piece.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! very glad you like it.
The pic was quite hard to do. I had the camera on the tripod and was sitting in front of it, but I took so many photos getting the eye in the mask to line up with my own. Very worth it, though
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shadowlight-oak Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured: [link]
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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