Winnipeg Love Hate » Daily photos from Winnipeg, the most beautiful, most repulsive city in the world through the photography of Bryan Scott.

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On February 29, 2008, I made my inaugural post to Winnipeg Love Hate. If you’d asked me then if I’d still have it up and running seven years later, I’m sure I would have answered with a definitive no. But here we are. You’ve given me a lot of love over the years, and if not for that support, there’s no way I’d still be keeping up with the website (who knows if I’d even still be taking photographs), so thanks so much for your seven years of clicks, views and comments.

In preparation for this occasion I’ve been reworking my portfolio. In the past I relied on a completely automated process (a mysterious algorithm from Flickr.com) to generate best of lists, but I never really thought those lists were representative of what I considered to be my best shots. So now, I’ve taken the time to hand picked my favorites. Problem is, I’m a terrible editor of my own work—sorting through thousands of photos, separating the good from the meh, is a daunting and exhausting process. Plus, my tastes tend to be very fluid, and can change radically from one day to the next. As a result, this list will probably see further refinement in the future.

So here’s a link to the reworked Best of Winnipeg Love Hate page. I hope you like the new format (as well as the new photo selection). Please keep in mind, this page is work in progress, and I’m not sure how it will look on mobile devices. Desktop viewing is preferred.

Oh, and that top image? That’s a typical page from the website’s early days( when it was called Winnipeg: Love & Hate), featuring the first of three logos for the site, as well as its much-maligned black background.

 

  • So far, so good. I really like your selections.

    I remember the old look of your site. I actually accidentally turned my background to black and am afraid that I’ll screw it up and lose stuff if I try to change it again. Not much of a risk-taker, eh?ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      I know what you mean. Back in those days when I was constantly fiddling I was constantly scared I was going to wipe our the whole site. One thing that helps is regularly backing up the contents of the site on local discs so that if anything goes wrong it can be fully restored….ReplyCancel

  • Walter

    Congratulations, and thanks for all of the amazing photography you’ve shared over the years.ReplyCancel

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Here’s a shot of the Polo Park Target (St. James Street) from back in January before the company announced its retraction from Canada. It was a Friday afternoon, and the store was completely abandoned. It was weird—my wife and I couldn’t get over it. Needless to say, we weren’t surprised when Target made its announcement a few days later.

  • Target. I can pretty much count on one hand the number of times I visited since it’s arrival. No much of a shopper anyway… Too bad for the poor employees.ReplyCancel

  • Cool shot, btw!ReplyCancel

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After much indecision, I finally took the plunge and picked up a photo inkjet printer. I’ve always wanted to make my own prints—it’s one thing seeing prints on a digital screen, but an entirely different thing to have a physical object in front of you—and so far, the process has proven to be extremely rewarding. Also, people have been asking me for years to make prints available locally, and now I can happily oblige.

The prints here are all printed with the Canon Pixma Pro-1 printer, using archival pigment inks and sheets of either 13″x19″ or 8.5″x11″ Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper (Photo Rag, 308 gsm). This is a gorgeous, heavy matte paper that feels amazing in the hands. The prints are all signed, and are available for purchase from Warehouse Artworks in the Exchange District (Albert & McDermot).

Moving forward,  a limited selection of prints will be available via this method. If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact me at winnipeglovehate@gmail.com. Please note that standard prints are still available via the third-party website that I had been previously using.

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Back in early January I finally took my first look inside the CMHR. As expected, I was blown away by the interior, which is even more spectacular than the building’s exterior. There are few spaces in Winnipeg—perhaps even Canada—can can truly fill me with awe, and the CMHR is one of them.

The exhibits were another story. While still a work in progress, they felt a little light to me—a little too safe. Given the subjects they’re dealing with, the exhibits should leave the viewer as breathless as the building does. But for me, they lack the emotional wallop that they call for. Perhaps my opinion about this will change upon a second visit, when I can focus less on the building and more on the exhibits.

  • Chris

    Beautiful! It is better looking on the inside than the outside.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! looks beautiful. Gonna have to go play tourist, soon. Thanks for the quick tour.

    As for the outside, the side that is seen when traveling Provencher Bridge is less impressive/interesting than the one that is seen when leaving the Forks. That one I quite like. My sister who drives past it daily once quipped: “I think it needs a lampshade.”ReplyCancel

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Pembina Highway. As a kid, I thought this was the coolest building in the city, and I’d always be on the lookout for those bright blue waves when driving down Pembina. Funny thing is, up until recently, I thought this place was called Driver’s Den. I know, I know, it makes no sense. But that’s how I read it once—maybe 30 years ago—and my brain never corrected the error, until recently when I noticed that the business was headed to St. Mary’s Avenue.

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Some shots from Main Street, roughly between Selkirk and Magnus, on a very quiet morning (the quiet might have had something to do with the date—January 1). From the top: Magnus Foods along side Bird Shop and Aquiariums; Postal Station B; Minute Muffler; Wojick’s Funeral Chapel; Best Care Drycleaners; Cosmopolitan Florists; a seemingly unnamed convenience store; and Canadian Motorcycle Snowmobile Supplies.

  • Jeff

    Did you know…the building beside the minute muffler sign is where all of the Jewish are processed after their death – the only place in the city that does this. Also, “Postal Station B” is a halfway house staffed by provincial corrections officers, has been that for at least 25 years.ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      I knew about the first part (I’m Jewish), but not the second. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • next to Minute Muffler is Chesed Shel Emes , Jewish non profit Burial Society, where Jewish deceased are lovingly accompanied & ritually prepared for burial in Jewish cemeteries. No processing involved !ReplyCancel