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, July 23, 2010

Flickr's "donvuci"/ Donald Verry's "bus reflection, rainy morning"


bus reflection, rainy morning, originally uploaded by donvucl.

"Two Hands, One Ambiguous Space"

Would that I could explain why!
But this moves me to want to cry.
Perhaps it is those anonymous hands
Linked, yet separate, hovering
Over a threshold between
Sidewalk and street,
Somewhere above the gutter.
- like us all, straddling worlds
That seem close, yet are but
Illusions of proximity, carried
Through time and space,
On a cyber wave, none can touch.

--JW, for donvucl/ Donald Verry, July 23, 2010, in recognition of your astute photographic eye, and the masterful, visual interpretation that you bring to our shared human environment.

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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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