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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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Flickr's Lensk's "There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery." ~Joseph Conrad

"Shrouded in Dim Moonlight"

Why stands this woman here at night?
Alone, beside this isolated shed. Not
Fully abandoned, for repairs were made -
Yet never painted! She, lady of the night,
Drawn by the florid meadows, she could
Have come by day, but why at night?

Police report: She was never seen again.
Who saw her last, under that shrouded moon?
Was it he, who had made the rendez-vous?
He, whom she had met earlier in the bar,
Close to the gates of Magdalene College,
A camera slung over his right shoulder.

(I don't know about Joseph Conrad's take on moonlight,
but, so shrouded here, this is what it feels like to me.
--JW, for Paulo, June 15, 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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