Originally from Northern England, Alan Norsworthy has been a photographer since the late 1960's.

He moved to Canada in 1973 and has made Guelph Ontario his home for the last 24 years.

" I remember visiting the CN Tower in the early 70's and the guide said that as far as you could see in any direction is the best farmland in Canada. That comment echoes down the years as I watch subdivisions eat up the landscape."

The area around Guelph offers up a plethora of rural images which Alan captures with his artistic vision. His work covers everything from macro photographs of flowers, sweeping landscapes, historic buildings and old abandoned farms in both colour and Black and White.

"This is where I find my inspiration, I have a need to show people the beauty I see as I walk the woods and fields of Southern Ontario"

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Belated Photo of the weekend - Massey - sunbeams

FILM - Massey - sunbeams
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

From my trip to Brantford.
Thanks to John and Jim for setting this up. What a day !
I knew as soon as I was invited what was needed, I knew I had to do this place justice and to me only gritty, grainy, Black and White film would do it.

This day belonged to Tri-X !!

The story behind the shot ....
I found the old chair and dragged it out into a spot of light. I was concentrating so hard on close up shots until Doug called me. "Come over here and look" I walked over, turned around and saw this!
Thanks Doug for pointing it out :-)

Kodak Tri-x 400 developed in Rodinal 1+100 24 min at 18 deg c

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Photo of the weekend - River Dance

FILM - River Dance
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

I know the weekend isn't over yet but, to me, this is far and away my best shot of the weekend. Mind you I only shot half a roll of Tmax so although the choices may be limited I believe you should quit while you are ahead!
Slowly recovering from my 'tummy troubles' of last week, a gentle stroll by the river seemed to be what I needed.

Kodak Tmax developed in Rodinal, mmmmmm

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photo of the weekend - Westfield Village - Ghost of Christmas Past ?

Westfield Village - Ghost of Christmas Past ?
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Last evening a group of us visited Westfield Village for their annual Christmas show.
There was barely enough light in some of the pioneer homes and stores to be able to see let alone make photographs.
This photograph, hand held at 2.5 seconds, was one of those serendipitous moments. I had given up trying to hold the camera steady and took the camera away from my eye before the exposure was complete, this was the result.

"The Ghost of Christmas Past".

Monday, December 7, 2009

Photo of the weekend - Railings

FILM - Railing
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Sometimes the gods smile on you.
Sometimes a friend points the way.
I found this little gem of a camera in Ponds Camera in downtown Guelph on Saturday. Mike gave me a free roll of Tmax 100 to try it out so on Sunday morning I did just that.
I liked how the camera reacted under everything I could throw at it. Especially this one, I love the slight flare on the rail posts !
This little camera is a keeper for sure.

Plus I had to figure out the exposures manually and not forget to set things like aperture and speed as well as focus....

Tmax 100 developed in Rodinal