The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Sati Kobashi (from São Paulo, Brazil), "The Dreams Are Out There..."


The Dreams Are Out There..., originally uploaded by Sati K..

Sati Kobashi has an imagination second to none, and her photographs are an ongoing source of inspiration, just as her communications and comments are consistently generous and warmhearted. I return tonight to Sati K.'s beautiful photograph (posted to Flickr 15 Nov. 2007, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sati_kobashi/2032447065/ ) because a new semester of teaching is about to start, and this reminds me of how I am feeling, with much that I had hoped to accomplish over the Christmas break still undone.

At the time I first saw this, I wrote as follows, and repeat here:

Stumbling in The Shadows

I stumble in the mellow shadows,
And see the work I have to do.
Heavy tasks, my will resists.
More easily, I raise my eyes,
And gaze through the window.
Light--filtering in between the trees--
Beckons me to a new day.
As its beams filter inside
My space, and my spirits warm.

--John Walford, November 15, 2007.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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