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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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Flickr's NYC.andre's "Life's simple and priceless pleasures"

"Fountain of Youth - Test of Character"

Never mind that tall towers block further passage;
Never mind that manicured trees must make do -
Spaced between the concrete, and railings.
Never mind the other kid, who has taken off his shoes.

All that matters, is that one boy, entering, yet hesitant,
Seeks the thrill of the soaking, yet hesitates. He's
The cautious type, apprehensive, he knows that
It might just be a tad too cold - who knows for sure?

And so, tentatively, head tilted, arm tilted, knee too,
Drenched in filtered sunlight, still yet himself dry,
Body braced to fend off the worst, absorb the best,
He enters the fray, and is cooled by the spray.

--JW, for NYC.andre, Nov 7, 2010, for impeccable timing,
and a masterful grasp of human actions.

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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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