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, June 3, 2008

So Many Signs, So Little Direction, 2008

So Many Signs, So Little Direction, 2008
So Many Signs, So Little Direction, 2008, originally uploaded by johnwalford.

This triptych was suggested to me by Jonathan Paul Larson, and is gratefully dedicated to him, on the occasion of his wedding, May 17, 2008. See his comment on the original center photograph: www.flickr.com/photos/walford/2172991301/, and for his photostream, see: www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanlarson/ , and note especially his beautiful B&W ice set: www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanlarson/sets/72157600886090726/

So Many Signs, So Little Direction

Revolving doors,
Sucking people
In off the street,
And spitting others
Back out again,
Into the cold.

Electronic elevators,
Raising some up,
Taking others
Back down.
Up or down-
It's just the same.

Ever busy:
Going up and down;
In and out;
Always on the go.
Going nowhere,
In such a hurry.

More self-help books,
Than ways to turn;
More recliner chairs,
Than time to recline;
More clothes to wear,
Than closet space.

Always more;
Never satisfied.
Human hunger
Knows no respite.
Seeking, grasping,
Rarely reflecting.

Why reflect?
It might be scary!
What's in my head
Is all quite airy.
Did we forget,
Think first, then act.

-- John Walford, January 9th, 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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