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, January 24, 2012

Flickr's Viki Olner's "kodak," 2011


kodak, originally uploaded by Viki Olner.

"An abrupt demise"

Where once was Kodak,
Now there's but a crack.
What a shocking demise!
Like all lasting, no surprise.

-- JW, for Viki Olner, January 24, 2012.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Great Hope - Exile & Expectation, 2012

Long exiled from that lush, green garden,
Wandered far, bearing sorrow all the way,
We see the dry bones strewn in dry dust,
And wonder in what distant hope to trust.
--- JW, January 21st, 2012.

The Great Love - Creation, 2012

The Great Fall - Loss, Pain & Grief, 2012

When our forebears to disobey did choose,
God knew full well the great gifts they would lose.
The grim reaper would soon sharpen his scythe,
And no living being would last alive.
-- JW, January 19, 2012.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

John Walford's Atlantis Rises from the Sea, 2012

"Atlantis Rises from the Sea"

I think the world just shrank.

I looked out to sea, and what did I see,
But high-rise buildings beyond the sea.
They must have been built incredibly high
To be seen, as here, between sea and sky.

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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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