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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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Dark Side


The Dark Side, originally uploaded by algo.

Algo's photographs of the English countryside always bring joy to my soul. This piece ( see: http://flickr.com/photos/algo/2440458967/ ) entrances my eyes, but pushes me to despair of ever saying so much with so little.

Here is just a little of what it says to me:

"The Dark Side," by Algo

A clump of five reeds
Rooted in mud;
Their fates intertwined,
Like parents,
With three children.
Now broken by wind,
Bleached by sunlight,
And bent by time.
Winter’s worst storms
They somehow endured.

Now, in Spring sunshine,
They boast the more.
Broken, bleached,
Yet standing strong,
In calm azure pool
Like a ziggurat, on sand.
They yet reach skyward,
Though inevitably bend,
And so mortals remind
Each has its end.

--John Walford, 4/30/08

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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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