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"

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Jewels IX

Winter Jewels IX
Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy

Sitting around the table in a Downtown Cafe after our walkabout on Saturday morning the question “ why do we photograph” came up.

I have been pondering that ever since.

Yes we can merely observe and register the un-photographed image in our minds eye where we can pull it up to see it at anytime. In doing that we have fully explored, felt, seen what was before us.

There are those who say that to stop that flow by composing and recording what we are experiencing as a physical thing, a photograph. We are denying ourselves the true pleasure of ‘being there’.

Does Susan Sontag have the answer?

In ‘On Photography’ she writes;

“In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are the grammar and more importantly the ethics of seeing”.

So do we photograph to become the author of the ‘visual code’?

One thing is for sure I think Dorothea Lange put it quite simply

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. ~Dorothea Lange

So maybe the answer is not quite so grandiose, maybe it is more simple.

We photograph to expand our vision, to see what normally is not seen and share that with the world at large....

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