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, December 18, 2011

Our Lady II

Our Lady II
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

This weekend I stayed close to home, adding to my "Guelph portfolio".

I visited some new area's and some well trodden places. My original destination was the new Guelph museum site which is coming along quite nicely.

Right next door is the "Church of our Lady Immaculate" Catholic Church.


Although I am not a religious person I find myself in awe of the architecture and love to wander old graveyards, churches and cathedrals.

This Church is a classic Gothic structure and offers oh so many photographic opportunities not the least being the statue that welcomes visitors to this magnificent place.

Early morning light played across the statue, gently lighting and sculpting her features. I decided to add an "Orton" effect to enhance that softness a slight vignette hepls to centre the eye.

Conversion to Black and White to finish the photograph, of course.

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. ~John Berger

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