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, July 25, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Puslinch Sunflowers

Puslinch Sunflowers - I
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Last weekend was a disaster ...

Earlier this week I spotted the elusive sunflower patch. I say elusive because I have been looking for weeks!
Of course when I saw it I didn't have my camera with me. So this morning a friend and I went back.
The morning was cloudy, dull and quite miserable but the sunflowers were smiling. How could you not smile back?

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. ~The Koran

Monday, July 12, 2010

Photo of the weekend - St Boniface Cemetery Maryhill - Old Stones II

St Boniface Cemetery Maryhill - Old Stones II
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Some think that cemeteries are places to put the dead and forget about them, except on an anniversary.

Lets face it, cemeteries are rarely visited by the living.

I, on the other hand love wandering in old cemeteries, reading the stones and thinking of the hopes and dreams buried there.

The history of the area waiting to be read.

Morbid ?
Maybe but not to me.

Do I want to end up in one ?
No thanks, just scatter my ashes to the wind ...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye

For those sharp eyed individuals yes I changed the post.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Photo of the weekend - A different Light

Trans Canada Trail nr Ariss - IR
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

I spent the last few days exploring ....

Searching for a light that I cannot see, making guesses and mistakes along the way.
After 3 days of trying I feel that I am beginning to understand.

There is more than meets the eye, there is this "other" light and with practice, we can capture it and bend it to our will.

Infra Red, beyond our vision but not beyond our grasp.

Infra Red reveals a strange beauty, an alien world.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~Aaron Rose

This was taken on the Trans Canada Trail this morning, converted to Black and White and a sepia tint applied.

28mm lens
ISO 200
60 sec exposure at f/2,8

edit :
Is this why I spent so much time on this this weekend?
100 years of IR