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Friday, April 11, 2008

Sadness Must Go

Originally uploaded by fotovizions.

I saw this photograph, "Sadness Must Go: Let the sadness go away, free your mind," uploaded by fotovizions on 10 Apr 08, just a couple of days after news that one of the sons of a good friend, and himself dear to our family, committed suicide.

Coming at this moment of time, this work touches me more deeply than usual, but the sentiment is all too familiar.

Feeling the power of the image, and its beautiful light, color, mood, and treatment, in response, I write as follows:

"Oh Sadness, How Can We Banish Thee?"

Sadness will go
Only when
Something stronger
Pushes it away.
For nature
A vacuum.
-- JW, 4/11/08

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John Walford

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I am a British-born, retired art historian, who taught 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. 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 twelve 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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