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Some sunset shots from back in mid-September. It had been a while since I’d been out shooting at night—not much time these days after the birth of my baby girl in July—but this was one of those nights I knew I had to get out and shoot. I think I actually missed the real color show by around five minutes, but I still managed to get some nice results.

On a side note, I’m going to try to resist this spot for a while, as it is now officially the most clichéd photo spot in the city. It’s understandable, of course; the bridge, the museum, the skyline, the river, the sunset. Pretty spectacular.

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Some crisp early morning light in Downtown Winnipeg. First, the Patterson GlobalFoods Institute (William Avenue), followed by The Bathgate Block (Princes Street).

  • renata

    Why aren’t you on instagram???ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      I’m on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and this website. I think I’ve got the Internet covered.ReplyCancel

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Ah, life at Portage and Main, the barricaded heart of the city. In the first shot, a young couple—likely tourists—try to cross the intersection, perhaps unaware of the underground concourse. Meanwhile, in the second photo, a squeegee guy proves that where there’s a will there’s a way.

It’s been a while, but I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted on this website about how embarrassing the barricades at Portage and Main are. They’re a relic of 1960s city planning that puts the automobile before the human being, turning the intersection into a makeshift freeway designed to usher people through downtown rather than bring them to—and keep them—downtown. They’re a giant fuck-you to pedestrians, forcing people underground like Morlocks, down dark and cavernous stairways into a rat’s maze of sickening 1970s oranges and browns. In the process, they ensure that life above ground ceases to exist, deadening not just the intersection itself, but its surroundings as well.

But now that the city’s newest mayor has been sworn into office, all of this may change. One of Brian Bowman’s campaign promises was to ensure that the intersection would once again open to pedestrians when the contract to keep it closed expires in 2019. If this is going to happen, planning for that day has to start now—a new design isn’t rocket science, but these things do take time. Bowman’s actions in the coming months on Portage and Main will be quite telling. Will he provide the change at city hall that his campaign promised? If planning for a new Portage and Main begins soon, then perhaps he will.

  • Don

    I am pretty sure that the Portage and Main intersection was blocked at street level and channeled into the underground tunnel in the early eighties, not the sixties. I recall when I was a kid going across there in the middle of winter and wondering if we would ever make it to the other side. I think it was changed when the new Scotia-Bank building was built.

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    • Bryan Scott

      It was the late 70s. What I meant was that the idea was a remnant of the 1950s and 1960s city planning mentality. In typical Winnipeg fashion, we were behind the times, even then.ReplyCancel

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Here are a couple of photos taken from the condo on Wellington at Cockburn. The first one is looking southeast towards a cluster of mid-rises on south Osbourne, and the second one shows the MTS building on Corydon with Pembina Highway in the distance.

  • steve

    isnt that osborne st in the distance?ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Yes…although technically, both Pembina and Osborne are in the distance.ReplyCancel

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Here’s a series of views from the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge, taken on a gorgeous afternoon back in early September.

  • I’ve been creeping this site for years and felt it’s time I finally left a comment. Just wanted to say that “I love what you’ve done with the place” (Winnipeg that is) particularly the way you’ve managed to portray the decaying inner city areas and buildings in such a way that makes them seem to stand out brighter than they do to my own naked eye. I’ve been hemming and hawing about buying a larger print for myself for years but more recently I’ve been thinking about persuading my boss to buy a piece for our store front in the west end instead. Something from the west end section would be a great fit. See if he can “write it off” as a legitimate business expense. Here’s hoping. One way or another I’m sure I’ll scrape enough together for one one day soon!ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Thanks for the comment! Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about prints, or anything else.ReplyCancel

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A few from West Alexander today. From the top: A lone man takes a stroll down Logan Avenue; Superior Brake and Clutch, also on Logan Avenue; and a look at the corner of Logan and Lulu.

In other news, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brian Bowman on his (stunning) victory last night. He ran an amazing campaign—let’s hope some of that energy and spirit makes its way into City Hall.