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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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Flickr's Canis Major's "The Way We Were," 2012


The Way We Were, originally uploaded by Canis Major.

Trees Without Branches: Forced Farming of Trees - The Vegetable Equivalent of Pigs, Cows, or Chickens

Excellent juxtaposition, and moving title. I am also struck, though, that even when living, these trees were being forced to live like crowded pigs, cattle, chickens - you name it - on a factory farm. Poor little trees, never allowed to experience the joy of having branches, which surely is part of being a tree, for a tree's life and flourishing, and so little light that it was a race to the top - ever upward, ever upward, not knowing that the fastest growers would be the first to succumb to the executioners axe.

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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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