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, November 28, 2009

bartvandamme of Flickr's "Disintegrating with Dignity" - or whatever others may call it


Think Up a Title Contest!!, originally uploaded by bartvandamme.

"Disintegrating with Dignity"

Wall once proudly painted
by husky Rotterdamers,
Filled with beer and herring,
Now flakes, peels, neglected,
No nurse to add make up,
As the old lady declines.
In front of her, space once
Tendered, rife with weed,
No groundsman cuts away.
Now even weed has seen its day.
But to the eye, alert, a beauty,
In disintegrating gracefully,
Saved by the camera,
To feed our eyes and minds.
--JW, for bartvandamme, Nov 28, 2009.

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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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