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"

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Cedar waves

Elora - Cedar waves
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way. ~William Blake

What better than a shady path through a forest in weather such as this? I was out early and alone by myself on Saturday wandering around and through the Elora Gorge. This is where I came across the remains of this old cedar. There is beauty and sadness here, it's life etched in it's bones. I stood looking at this old tree for a long time. I knew I had to make an image of what I saw.
I hope you see why.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare

Monday, May 24, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Schneider Flats - Cedar Fencepost I

Schneider Flats - Cedar Fencepost I
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Twice this weekend I visited Schneider Flats. The days could not have been more different, Sunday morning was foggy and cool, today was baking hot.
I'll take foggy and cool any day !

After the dog walkers left all that remained was the silence and the occasional bird call. As I walked back to the car i realized how much my pace had slowed.
It was if my body was saying "stay awhile"

We are lucky to have places such as this.

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Old Boots

Studio - Old Boots
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

These boots were made for walking ...

I love these boots.

They are developing a nice patina with age and are ready to go in for their 3rd pair of soles. That's a lotta miles :-)

and yes they are soo comfortable.

Now shall I walk
or shall I ride?
"Ride," Pleasure said:
"Walk," Joy replied.

~W.H. Davies

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Ignatius Centre - Shadows

Ignatius Centre - Shadows
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

As Jethro Tull would say "Brewing, heavy weather" was closing in; with heavy, rain laden clouds scudding across the sky we took our chances and drove to the Ignatius Centre, a Jesuit retreat in Guelph.

Ignatius Centre

We were rewarded for our foolishness with periods of sunshine and shadows. I had chosen my Nikon F4, because it is waterproof (!) and AGFA APX 100 B&W film, one of my favourites, to take with me.

This scene lasted barely a few minutes but long enough.
I love the shadows :-)

Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. ~Alfred Billings Street

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Algonquin - Ragged Falls

Algonquin - Ragged Falls
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

It wasn't taken this weekend but I developed the film this weekend :-)

Ragged Falls in Algonquin will captivate you for hours.
It's not just the falls it's the rapids.
Its not just the rapids
it's the trail from the parking lot to the falls and back.

You get the idea.

A difficult shot, the stark white of the falls to deep black of the craggy shadows, barely tamed.

I like it because of it's failings.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you...
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

John Muir