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, March 27, 2011


Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Today Grant put on a portrait workshop for the Guelph Photographers Guild.
I asked Brit to come with me to allow me another chance to get a portrait of her.

The idea was to use the studio setup to make a portrait with my Hasselblad, unfortunately the Hasselblad or the wireless setup wouldn't co-operate so I took 2 quick images with my D300.

This is one of them.

Thank you sweetie for putting up with me and my strange friends for 2 hours just so that I might steal 1/180 second of your life to brag about.

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lone Pine Sunrise

Lone Pine sunrise
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

It was the night of the 'supermoon', these news people really get carried away don't they!

Well it started off as a Moon set trip. I knew where I wanted to go and when. Unfortunately a bank of cloud put paid to that idea....
So when you are given lemons you make lemonade, so I waited for the sunrise instead.

I must be getting soft or getting used to the above zero temperatures. The temperature was only -7c but my hands were so stiff I could hardly work the camera. It was only a couple of weeks ago I was scoffing at the "glove wearers" ....

Happy vernal equinox

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Un Autre Monde (Another World)

Un Autre Monde (Another World)
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

A change of pace yesterday. Doug, Grant, John and I visited Glen Williams Ontario.
I must say that I have never been in a friendlier place since Lunenberg NS
Even at this 'blah' time of year this is a pretty little town, it's inhabitants elevate it beyond the average.

Here you find an enclave of artists and store owners who are passionate about what they do and it shows.

A breath of fresh air in a world of mediocrity.

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. ~Willa Cather

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Photographer

The Photographer
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Saturday was wet, very wet.
Doug and I headed over to the Farmers Market here in Guelph. The market was just re-opening after some roof repairs so the atmosphere was like a homecoming.
We met with KC at his stall and chatted for a while then JohnQ showed up, the merry band of brothers was growing.
Down through the market to visit with Bunny at her stall. More banter and along came Matt.
2 hours went by, I had barely lifted my camera!

Eventually we Doug, JohnQ and I wandered off in search of tea and another 2 hours disappeared.
No photo's yet but a Saturday morning well spent in camaraderie, easy banter and tea ..... yeah!

So only my thoughts this week, plus a photo of my new toy.

In closing, the lesson learned yesterday ...

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard