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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Friday, June 11, 2010

Flickr's Algo's "light the dawn" (March 1, 2010)

light the dawn, originally uploaded by algo.

"Speak Words To Sight?"

Would words detract from sight?
Distract from vision's eye-delight?
Music, me thinks, more fitting be,
To echo these rhythms, in harmony.

The score I hear, feint in my ear,
Starts slow, and sombre, stark, severe.
Bum, bum, be-bum, bum, bum be-bum,
Heavy, melancholic, unyielding, mellow.

Stillness, they hold their bows, a moment.

The conductor lifts his arms once more,
Violins enter, then flutes, and piccolo,
Out of the mists emerge, tall, slender firs,
And full, fruity oaks, deep and resonant.

High and shrill, rumbling and rising,
Sight and sound, not word and image,
In one accord - brim brim, diddly brim bim -
Soft/sharp, slow/ fast, backed by bassoons,

A line of trees rising from the mellow, yellow mist.

- For Algo/ Alex,
In honor of a photostream,
Full of landscapes without peer,
If there was one dud,
I did not see it here.
--John Walford, June 11, 2010

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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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