What’s It All About, Alfie?


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"Wandering Through My Mind"

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Hello again!  I figured that it was time to stop procrastinating and  let you know what to expect from this photoblog.


Usually when I create a work of art from my photography, I create first and title last.  With this post, the first thing that popped into my mind was the title: “what’s it all about, alfie”, which is the first line from the Hal David and Burt Bacharach 1966 hit, “Alfie”, made popular by Dionne Warwick and the movie of the same name.


After I recovered from thinking “WHAT corner of my mind did THAT come from?”, I decided to look up the long forgotten lyrics and there it was:

“i believe in love, alfie
without true love we just exist, alfie
until you find the love you’ve missed
you’re nothing, alfie”

I totally believe in those words, not only love, but also passion, passion for life, passion for what we do, passion for others – and that’s what this part of what this photoblog is all about, my friends.  My passion and my love for my art,  for people, for life and sharing it with you.  Photography has given me a wonderful outlet to explore – explore my creativity, explore my inner self. explore the people, places and things that make up our lives.  My explorations are usually via nature, for it is in nature, I feel, that we find the true essecense of our souls.  I hope that you can find it too, for we are surrounded by beauty if we only take the time to explore, to open our minds and see.


I can give you a lot of art-speak and go on and on with the fancy words, but for me, it all boils down to my finding that love and that passion again.  When my wife, Myriam died, my passion for anything died with her.  Myriam asked very little of me in life but, just before she died, knowing that I would be lost for a while, made me promise to find love again, continue on with my photography and to share my knowledge through showing and teaching others.  This is also what it’s all about, Alfie.

Future posts will include discussions about what I see, how I see, what I feel.   I plan a series of posts, with the help of my wonderful writer’s group, The Village Writers here in Charleston, WV,  (Jim Wallace, Laurie Helgoe, Beth Wheatley, Cindy Boggs and Linda Arnold) that will give you exercises to help you see the beauty that surrounds you in your everyday life. I also plan produce videos that will feature my fine art photography and, at some point, feature the music of some of the most talented musicians  in the world living right here in my beautiful Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.

And it won’t be all about me or my work.  I will also be introducing you to some remarkable photographers that you may not know of.  They will be photographers who have, or do, inspire me, some of which I have the pleasure of knowing and some of which I don’t know.  Some of the people I will be introducing you to won’t even be photographers, but very talented and gifted artists in their own right.

I also hope that you will join in and and share your thoughts and feelings.  Feel free to ask me how I did a piece, what techniques I used.  Feel free to share your experiences.  Feel free to share your feelings. I believe in sharing,  feeling that we can’t keep anything until we give it away.  Please help me keep my promises and, hopefully, we will all grow.

So come along and join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us.


9 comments to What’s It All About, Alfie?

  • Bruce~ I can’t wait to read your blog. It will be nice reading your prospective and seeing through your eyes. Thanks, Cindy

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  • Liz Bowles

    Thanks for coming “back” Bruce, and helping us see the beauty of life through your eyes. AND for letting us help you keep your promise to Myriam. Beautiful!!! I look forward to more posts.


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