When lived the world in heavy darkness,
Long waiting the Messiah in perpetuity,
Hopes faint, the wait beyond credulity,
Burst on Bethlehem a great Brightness.
When we, in shadow of our home,
See shadows cast by light, one alone,
Look to that One, single bright beam,
The greatest wonder ever to be seen.
-- John Walford, for John & Betty Gouch,
With affection, February 9th, 2012.
Photo: “Incarnational Candle,” 2011
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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.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Speak not to me of what went wrong.
Recall not the long struggle to survive.
Make no mention of gusts too strong.
Nor the shame, only one came out alive.
Speak not to me of that battle for the oars,
Nor mention the mishandling of the tiller.
Responsibility for all was only yours,
Abandoned, my naked ribs expose the killer.
-- JW, for Bruiach/Colin Campbell, in appreciation for an ageless, yet haunting image., February 8th, 2012.
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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.