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, August 14, 2010

Flickr's John Walford's "Salvador Mundi Still Life Banner, 2010"

This time, I felt the urge to write a few lines on one of my own pieces, my "Salvador Mundi Still Life," made today:

"Little Bits of This and That"

My grandfather was a hoarder
Of little pieces of string,
Not much good for anything -
And so labeled. My father
Was his father's son, and hence
One day this I found: A row of
Dud light-bulbs, carefully labeled:
"Dud globes." One might ask why?

I am my father's son, ask you why?
For I, too, cannot part with things.
When flowers and leaves their
Time have served, beauty given,
Still then I cannot let them go.
Squirrels drop empty walnut shells;
An acorn of two, they go un-foraged,
And so find their way to my office shelf.

There they sit, with leaves and flowers,
Stiffening with age, fragile as can be.
Why do they have to perish? My eye
They yet delight, and now my mind.
The earth, like my body, may groan,
As it awaits a fuller, freer, brighter day.
One red strand of wool, caught on a twig,
Of Easter speaks, and new hope in May.

----Dedicated to Mark Noll,
long-time friend, scholar,
poet, teacher, nurturer of all-comers,
and esteemed former colleague,
-- JW, August 14, 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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