Crow was Crow without fail by Richard Pitman

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.

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

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    A unique and excellent image..well done!

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughover 4 years ago

    This is truly stunning! Wonderful work.

  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pughover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Rich, one of my favs!

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxover 4 years ago


  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchover 4 years ago

  • That’s awesome! Thank you!

    – Richard Pitman

  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenover 4 years ago

    Wow…such a fantastic Image…awesome work

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