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, September 26, 2010

Photo of the Weekend - Belfountain - Fall Arrives

Belfountain - Fall Arrives
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Are you like me? If you are then this is what we wait for all year. We suffer through the baking heat of Summer thinking of this time.

Autumn is here !

"I am rich today with autumn's gold,
All that my covetous hands can hold;
Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod,
A goldfinch on a milkweed pod,
Huge golden pumpkins in the field
With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield,
Golden apples heavy on the trees
Rivaling those of Hesperides,
Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread
Over all like butter on warm bread;
And the harvest moon will this night unfold
The streams running full of molten gold.
Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss
With autumn glory such as this!"
- Gladys Harp

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tiger Boys Airshow - High Flight

Tiger Boys Airshow - High Flight
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

The 3rd weekend in September is the Tiger Boys Airshow and open house in Guelph. This year, the weather co-operated with wonderful clouds and cool breezes.

A few friends and I spent the day there wandering around with no restrictions and photographed these lovingly restored "kites" as they performed for us all. A great day out and through it all I thought of John Gillespie Magee Jr's poem :

" High Flight"

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. 

John Gillespie Magee Jr (Wiki)

Me ? I would rather stand on Terra Firma and photograph "those magnificent men in their flying machines" :-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Photo of the weekend - The Doors

No not THE "doors" just a pile of old doors in an abandoned barn.

Then again maybe not, when the light hits at a certain angle something magical happens ....

A moment captured on Kodak Tmax 400
developed in Xtol 8.5 min at 21c

Film gives such a different feel to a image, to me it's more alive. A chemical process instead of a digital one.

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

Monday, September 6, 2010

Photo of the weekend - Ottawa - Reflections

Ottawa - Reflections
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

We were In Ottawa for a family reunion this weekend.

Not much time to be alone, not much time to wander the mean streets.
While swarms of tourists lined up to take "the shot" of the Parliament Buildings I wanted something different .

What did I do ?
I stole an idea from my friend Doug and looked in the windows, a lot of windows!
Until I saw this.

Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him? ~Calvin and Hobbes