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The Creature

In the winter of the night
In solitary stands
a creature of earth and sky
Whose reach exceeds its grasp
In fires light that pierce the night
Heralds a day of atonement
When all is clay once more
The sea sinks deep in rock
The end will near
The Creature bows its head in silence



One wing of paper
The other of feathers
Flap one and you shall rise
Flap the other and you shall burn

Poet Meshugeh

Hear the noise
The children playing
The honk the screeching
Birds chirping, laughter
Poet sits in wasted room
With sea of paper looming tall
Ink splats soaking
The sunlight moving on
Poet sulks moodily
Draining his thoughts with pen
Wind thru open window sweeps
The sea becomes a fury Circling the poet viciously
Cunning quick cutting deep
Poet sits In ruin waste


Clockwork Angels Narrative

Clockwork angels
Heads of glass
Wings of brass
Hang flightless in the air
Hourglass is turned
They shift in measured stride
Blinking slumber from their workings
Their bodies stuffed with gears
That would fill their bodies with life
And now they dance

Up one comes with wings out stretched
The light alights on brassy wings
Glittering in the murkiness whirling slow to steady pace
Slanting down they glide flapping softly with a clink
Brassy murmur

Quickly one ascends
flaunting its gleaming wings
against the night
darting here and there they play
flittering, quiver, flutter shimmer
in delicate dance

The last sand falls
sluggishly they slow
the flapping wings sedated their heads hang low
Their dance has ceased
Clockwork angels
Heads of glass
Wings of brass
Hang flightless in the air


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Comment by Leslie Orton on August 10, 2015 at 4:20pm

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Comment by Professor Argon Bats on November 17, 2014 at 8:45am

I can certainly sympathize with the "customer" not getting what I was trying to do. It is so very frustrating.

But -  if I want to "sell" my "product", then it's *my* responsibility to make sure they do get it. I just had something thrown back at me, I don't necessarily agree with the feedback, but I have to accept that what I was doing does not resonate with the current tastes. So... fresh thinking and new offerings are required, or I will be looking for burger flipping jobs that will take in a poor dejected PhD. I cannot change the "customer", I can only change my product.

Good idea with Etsy - I would probably also increase your exposure.

Best of luck! :-)

Comment by Michelle Murray on November 16, 2014 at 10:12pm

I agree with the Professor.  Have you thought of etsy?  Not going through a recognised selling platform (even with Paypal protection) would make me uneasy. I can only see one image at a decent size (the rabbit).  You can protect your images but still give customers a good size to see what they are buying. You make no mention of the resolution being printed which is really important or the cardstock/giclee used. Anthropomorphic images are on the wane but Christmas could be good for you.  Good luck!

Comment by Randall Chambers on November 16, 2014 at 9:58am

Professor Argon Bats, I appreciate your constructive criticism. The images are made they way they are intentionally. I do see what you are speaking of and they are meant to to be the way they are, the colors are yes little off but when when printed they do have a classic look to them and the resolution for the UN-trained eye would not matter. Maybe I need to make smaller file sizes to represent the images as if they were prints. The lighting is set the way it is again intentionally, there was thought in it.  The images have my unique style to it for my actual shot images have the same look. As that may come of as an after excuse, I do see your point in your comments.

Thank you for your comments.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on November 16, 2014 at 9:18am

Dear Randall - I hesitated to respond, but decided from my own experience (in a line of work with poor job security, and where uncompromising, harsh feedback and rejection are the daily reality) that honest, constructive feedback does make one progress.

I love your images, but would not spend $25 for one. From the few that I scrutinized in full view, I think you would need to fine tune your technical aspect to make the images compelling enough for purchase (keeping in mind this is only my personal evaluation, for what it's worth). The all-too-common "I could make that" reaction sets in, because I get a copy-paste photoshop feel rather than the eery, surreal effect that may be achieved with greater technical prowess. You want the image too look convincingly like this was an actual creature, photographed in the Victorian era. This effect requires a very good match between the head and everything else... and people pick it up subconsciously even if they can't put the finger on what detracts. Yours are pretty good, but not *quite* convincing... that little bit that may well make the "buy or not buy" difference, I think. Suggestions for things you might fine tune:

- color; often the head seems warmer/more sepia than the body, play with temperature, hue, saturation, etc, to see how it can blend in better for each image.

- edges; fur is a b****, frankly, and just having a burred edge does not really do the trick when the rest of the image is sharp.

- lighting; level and direction should match

- resolution; different resolution between parts is a typical giveaway of photo montage

- scratches, dust etc, and they conspicuous absence on the head relative to the rest of the image

I hope I have managed to convey this as a helpful feedback rather than bashing. Your work is good, but there is room for improvement if you want this to be a salable product.

My very best regards,

Professor Bats

Comment by Randall Chambers on November 15, 2014 at 10:04pm

If anyone has been considering purchasing one of my images, I m at a point of begging if you could order today . It would be a personal favor and help out a lot in these struggling times.

I apologize if this comes off as soliciting.


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