Crow was Crow without fail by Richard Pitman

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Recently sold as a framed print. Thank you to the mystery buyer!

Another composite image created in GIMP: Background – seascape of the English Channel leaving Dover Harbour; crow in flight – taken above the ancient stone circle at Avebury.
Textures added, found at CG Textures
Canon 10D, 28-105mm.

Title taken from “Crow Goes Hunting” by Ted Hughes

Decided to try words.

He imagined some words for the job, a lovely pack-
Clear-eyed, resounding, well-trained,
With strong teeth.
You could not find a better bred lot.

He pointed out the hare and away went the words
Crow was Crow without fail, but what is a hare?

It converted itself to a concrete bunker.
The words circled protesting, resounding.

Crow turned the words into bombs-they blasted the bunker.
The bits of bunker flew up-a flock of starlings.

Crow turned the words into shotguns, they shot down the starlings.
The falling starlings turned to a cloudburst.

Crow turned the words into a reservoir, collecting the water.
The water turned into an earthquake, swallowing the reservoir.

The earthquake turned into a hare and leaped for the hill
Having eaten Crow’s words.

Crow gazed after the bounding hare
Speechless with admiration.


crow, grunge, gloomy, poetry, ted hughes, texture, composite, rickyshitpants, myth, dark

“A photograph is always invisible; it is not it that we see.” Roland Barthes.

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    A unique and excellent image..well done!

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughover 3 years ago

    This is truly stunning! Wonderful work.

  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pughover 3 years ago

    Awesome work Rich, one of my favs!

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxover 3 years ago


  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 3 years ago

  • That’s awesome! Thank you!

    – Richard Pitman

  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenover 3 years ago

    Wow…such a fantastic Image…awesome work

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