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, June 27, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Baden House Treasures

Baden House - Treasures
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~Fran├žois Mauriac

But who are you if you destroy a book ?

From my adventures to "the Baden House" on Saturday morning. Everyone has visited this place and I am sure everyone has photographed the old burned bible. However only one visitor and certainly not one of the rurex / urbex crowd would have thought to set it alight.
Even though I am not religious I still think this is sacrilege.

Ian and I met the owner of the property during our visit. Her fear was "Kids" who come to destroy her property, who can blame her?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Ribs

Downtown Walkabout - Ribs
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

One of the umbrella's in "the square", downtown Guelph.
I liked the lines and patterns defined by the ribs.

No words on umbrella's today. It's Fathers Day, for those of you who still have your father with you, give him a call or better yet, a hug. Those of you like me who doesn't, give him a minute of your time and in a quiet place, whisper "Happy Fathers Day Dad"

My dad is resting exactly where he wanted to be and it was my honour to take him there.

Happy Fathers Day Dad

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Photo of the weekend - U of G - The wedding spot

U of G - The wedding spot
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Why this ?
I really don't know.
What I do know is I decided that I needed to photograph this odd structure again.
I had the chance to do a lot today but I decided that I would do a little. While most of my friends were off on a grand adventure I went to the U of G with Dave S. We spent a couple of hours wandering around taking the odd shot here and there talking and sometimes not.
All in all a very relaxing morning I'm glad I did it but I still have not figured out the attraction of this structure ....

I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help. ~Ruth Bernhard

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Sun's Up

Elora - Sun's Up
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

OK I'm cheating here, this was from last weekend but the film was developed during the week.
Wandering around Elora as the sun came up first I saw the carpet of daisies then the sun burst around and through this old tree.

One of the cardinal rules of photography, 'look behind you' !

Kodak Portra 160 vc and Hasselblad

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. ~Robert Louis Stevenson