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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Monday, August 25, 2008

Flickr's ImaginationAlone, "thought she was dreaming...and then...", 2008

Today was a day full of deep, heart pain. Shortly before going to bed, I saw this exquisite piece in the photostream of Flickr's "Imagination Alone," (see inspiring in me, with gratitude, the words written below it:

"Solace in the Dark Night of the Soul"

In solitude,
In darkness,
We struggle
We feel oppressed;
We are depressed.
We look in front,
Black walls we see.
But from our pit
As we look up,
A breath of warmth,
A shaft of light,
Shines down on us;
Touches our lips,
Burns in our heart,
New life restores!
--JW, 8/25/08

Thank you, "ImaginationAlone," your image, as well as many others in your photostream, which I find stunningly lyrical, and superbly crafted, have brought unexpected joy and solace to my hurting soul.

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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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