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 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" :-)

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