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, October 21, 2012
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy
It has been several weeks since I have had the time to think about all that has gone on since late September.
In the last few weeks I have been to Killarney and the La Cloche Mountains where I met a group of like minded people many of whom share my love of the land.
I have been to my son's wedding which was so much more than a 'wedding' it was a joyous celebration of friendship and love shared my a lucky few.
I spent a whole weekend talking to strangers about photography, what it means to me and the journey it has taken me on. Hopefully showing them some of the wonders on their doorstep and opening their eyes to what we have.
However, this weekend has been a time of playing catch up not photographically but on the home front.
Being away for so many weekends has caught up and the chores were piling up to the point that they could not be ignored.
So this weekend was one for home. I did manage some time to work on images and capture a few more.
Stolen moments to satisfy the creative urge.
I have spent quite a bit of time thinking and having re-watched Bill Masons epic "Waterwalker" my thoughts turned again to Northern Ontario.
More than once I have heard people say this of my photographic work
"Your love for this land is quite evident in your photographs".
Well I may not be able to adequately put it in words but I guess I can put in photographs.
As I write this my thoughts expand and I look wider, I realise it's not just "the North". It's all the wild places, be they Northern Ontario, British Columbia or Newfoundland.
It's this country, this Canada.
The wild places are my places..and this country abounds with wild places. We are so lucky to have them, we must keep them safe for our children and their children.
We can do this by making others aware.
We can do this by taking photographs !
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. ~Jean de Boufflers
Link to Waterwalker.. http://www.nfb.ca/film/waterwalker/