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, May 27, 2012

Red Brick cafe - Guelph

Red Brick cafe - Guelph
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

To really see a place you have to walk and leave the i-pod at home too.

We are too distracted, our lives have become one of hustle and bustle, rushing from on place or one meeting to the next.
Cell phones have become the electronic leash, the electronic interrupter of thought. Remember the time when you left the house and NO-ONE could reach you until you returned?

Remember the peace and quiet ?

We need to force ourselves to step back and " smell the roses".

We need time to unwind, to reflect, to enjoy the company of like minded friends.
To spend a few hours doing nothing in particular or something in particular, like wandering around the streets of your home town and seeing it for the first time.

That is what I did this weekend and boy does it feel good :)

So the thought for the day (or week) ..

There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. ~Paul Scott Mowrer, The House of Europe

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Upstream - Elora Gorge

Upstream - Elora Gorge
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Elora, it's one of those places that can be visited over and over and still there is something new to see, experience and to photograph.
This weekend a friend and I decided it was about time we got back into our old ways of heading out early, before sunrise.
Our destination was Elora Gorge, we had decided to try to capture the dawn as it played across and down the Gorge sides.

The amazing thing is how quickly scenes change and how quickly they are gone forever.

However, they are replaced by new scenes :-)

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Springtime came back this weekend.
Actually it is more like early summer.
Highs in the mid 20's, brilliant sunshine and barely any clouds.

I know most people yearn for this after a Canadian winter but I'm so thankful that the evening still brings cooler temperatures and If only for a little while sleep will come easy.

Soon the evenings will be as hot as the days and restlessness is the result.

The wheel turns once more ...

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. ~Pablo Neruda

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunrise in the woods

Sunrise in the woods
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

I have always been a morning person, well when I grew out of being a teenager..

Even so, as a child my Grandfather, when he was "ashore", would wake me at about 5:30am and we would go for a walk, a long walk.

They are happy memories and that is probably why I enjoy the dawn and long walks now.

What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn! 
~ Logan Pearsall Smith