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, February 26, 2013

Flickr's Edinburgh Nette's "fall falls

fall falls, originally uploaded by Edinburgh Nette.
"Time Frozen"

Stilling the stream
Of rushing water,
Time frozen,
So Nature's glory,
As Autumn caught
On it's fatal way
Dead downstream,
All the better seen!
-- JW, for Janette, a deep bow, February 26, 2013.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Flickr's lia_'s "shadows"

shadows, originally uploaded by lia___.


Shadows speak, of what we seek,
Still out-of-reach, desired, not touched.
Thus shadows allure, now that is sure.

--JW, for lia_, February 20, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flickr's hedbavny's "Auf da Simmeringer Had - Vienna, off the beatenpath - Simmeringer Haide", February 2013

"Life Passes on Bye"

Power pulses high above,
Unaware that bitter frost grips
All below in the vice of death.
Where once fresh flowers bloomed,
Now all lies abandoned, doomed.
Every living thing returns to dust.

--JW, for Hedbavny, February 19, 2013.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Flickr's Jacob Schere's Meiji Jingu (Shrine) Clear Spring Well, Self Portrait

"Well Gazing"

Three worlds I saw below,
One - made of pebbles, and stones -
Really was below, and would let me go
No further down. Sealed, definite, stop!
One - seen below, but not really so -
Threw a feathery expanse of delicate
Limbs, a protective shroud, over me.
Yet there was a third, beyond,
Grey, and powder blue, impenetrable;
But parting its veil, here and there,
I thought to glimpse, or did I imagine,
A force, a life, an ineffable energy.

--JW, for the well-gazer, Jacob Schere, February 5, 2013

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John Walford

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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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