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, April 1, 2012


Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

We see many, many places that are simply 'abandoned' the land purchased for it's future value, the house left empty but this one, this one is different.
I have never seen such a sight, everywhere we looked; garbage, the detritus of lives unknown. The scar's of fire, of decay, of total neglect. 

These places usually fill me with a sadness for what they were.
An empty house soon becomes a shell, a house needs people to live, once they are gone the house dies, the home dies. 

But this is far beyond that. 
This house has been abused, then cast aside and now it sits in its misery waiting for that final blow from the wreckers to end it all.

der·e·lict adj \'der-a-likt,
 Empty of people and unused, not maintained by the owner or inhabitants

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