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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Thursday, March 27, 2008


INVERNO, originally uploaded by stefano.sivieri.

stefano.sivieri's INVERNO (uploaded to Flickr, 26 March 2008) is one of those rare photographs that combines a mellow beauty with a deep content. I shall return later to write more about it.

"Where Things Remain The Same," 2008:

Wrapping her usual scarf
Snugly round her neck,
Her head nestled into
The woolen warmth
Of a familiar garment,
Still in her house shoes,
She stepped out
Into the cold.

The old cobbles pressed
Against her soles,
In the same old way,
Worn and uneven,
Like the patched walls,
And the warped window frames.
The walls exude a mellowed warmth,
As too her woven, woolen skirt.

Her scarf, skirt and jacket,
Like window, wall, and door,
In harmonic concord coexist,
Through the dance of time,
Grown mellow together--
An intimate world,
In which each the other knows,
And things remain the same.

-- John Walford, March 27, 2008.

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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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