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, August 27, 2008

"Alone" by Crazy Ivory


Alone, originally uploaded by Crazy Ivory.

"Crazy Ivory" is a new, young photographer, from Brandenburg, in Germany. His giftedness in manipulating this medium to expressive ends already impresses his peers as being unusual, indeed outstanding. This is but one modest piece, that called forth from me the lines below:

'Alone,.... but not alone"

Where one, plain as I,
Sees but darkness,
A shaft of light,
And a human form,
The imagination of
Crazy Ivo begins to spin;
And a magic web is woven
From a sunbeam,
A searching look,
And pitch blackness.
Such is the rapture
We now all expect,
When Crazy Ivo
Is on the prowl.
--JW, 08/27/08

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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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