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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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dead Air's "The Flower Getaway"


The Flower Getaway, originally uploaded by Dead Air.

I have followed the work of Dead Air for now some time. Some of his work, using holga multiple exposures, creates a world part tangible, mostly dreamy, that I have come to richly enjoy. Here is but one among his most recent Holga works, inspiring these few lines:

"Ladder among the Brown-Eyed Susans"

I feel the scent of fresh air,
I sense the scent of Dead Air,
Holgaising auntie's flowers,
Thereby given visual powers.
And there amidst, a ladder hides,
Lifting us to more besides.
--JW, 09/13/09

More of Dead Air's work can be seen @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadair/

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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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