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 13, 2008

Still the same path, day long

Still the same path, day long
Still the same path, day long, originally uploaded by ionushi.

I first saw this photograph, "Still the same path, day long," by Ionushi (see: ) some time ago, and seeing it again, today, in a different context, it moved me again as it did when I first saw it, and wrote of it at the time:

"Catching the Snowflakes"

Roofs like upturned umbrellas,
Ready to catch the falling snow;
Cheerful reds and yellows, green,
Muted by the softly-falling snow flakes;
Quietness, a sense of time standing still,
Yet a lone figure makes his way,
Treading in the footsteps of others,
Time after time, the same old routine,
Set to the rhythm of nature;
Dreams of foregone ages,
Sundered by lamppost and umbrella.
--John Walford, 9/27/07

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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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