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"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Algonquin Birches

Algonquin - Birches
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

A difficult choice this week, that's why it's posted on Tuesday.
Not that I am so good that I had so many to choose from.
I was trying to find the image that invokes the most powerful feeling.

Isn't this what Algonquin Park is all about?

The silence, a tranquil lake on a warm (ish) spring evening before the screaming hoards (both human and insect) arrive?

Yes, to me this is the essence of Algonquin. This why this is the "Photo of the weekend"

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Troll Bridge

St Jacobs - Troll Bridge
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

OK enough colour, back to black and white. :-)

On our way back from St. Jacobs we wandered along the back roads and I spotted this old wooden bridge.
This shows the Nikon D300's monochrome engine in all its glory.
Pretty well straight out of the camera.
Monochrome setting with a "Red" filter applied.

I love this camera for it's ability to do this.

I tried a crop without the dark tree line across the top. I liked it this way better.

I saw this today and had to share it ...

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.  Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy.  ~Hamlin Garland, McClure's, February 1899

Monday, April 12, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Mount Nemo Birches

Mount Nemo - Birches
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

I didn't choose this because it's one of the lonely 'colour' shots.

It's more for the feeling....

This was a glorious spring morning and as Doug said "a great day to be out with friends". There was a great deal of laughter and camaraderie this day. Especially surrounding this shot, that is the memory, those are the feelings.

You are right Doug it was a great day.
Thanks to Andrew and Davey for being there too.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Photo of the (Long) Weekend - Lonesome Pine

Lonesome Pine
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

On Good Friday a few friends Grant, Doug, Pat and I explored a couple of abandoned houses North of Milton. This was taken with my "Commie Camera" a Kiev 4 which is a Russian, Contax rangefinder, clone. Beautiful little camera, loaded with my favourite film AGFA APX 100.

Why choose this image? Considering it was taken on a bright sunny day the mood is totally opposite. I love the silhouetted tree, the rubble, the hint of a building and the light creeping in from the bottom corner.

AGFA APX 100 developed in Xtol 1+1 10min at 20c.