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Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

The view from Pioneer Avenue of the CMHR, catching the afternoon sun.

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Pioneer Avenue.

Pioneer Avenue.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

The last couple of months of posts have been a little bit out of order chronologically. Getting back on track beginning with today’s post.

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Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

View from Shaw Park.

View from Shaw Park.

View from Shaw Park.

View from Shaw Park.

Working in the vicinity of Shaw Park, I’m often treated to beautiful morning and evening views. I don’t always have my camera with me, but I do always have my phone (iPhone 6 to be exact), and they say the best camera is the one you have with you. As long as you don’t zoom in too close, I tend to agree.

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Westbrook Street.

Westbrook Street.

Westbrook Street.

Westbrook Street.

Lombard Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

201 Portage Avenue (Portage and Main).

201 Portage Avenue (Portage and Main).

CMHR (Waterfront Drive).

CMHR (Waterfront Drive).

A nice sunrise in Downtown Winnipeg from back in late October.

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Via Rail (Main Street).

Via Rail (Main Street).

CMHR (As seen from Main Street).

CMHR (As seen from Main Street).

Over The Assiniboine River.

Over The Assiniboine River.

Lily Street.

Lily Street.

Manitoba Museum (Rupert Street).

Manitoba Museum (Rupert Street).

Entegra (Lily Street).

Entegra (Lily Street).

Automotive Connection (Lily Street).

Automotive Connection (Lily Street).

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Chateau 100 (Donald Street).

Chateau 100 (Donald Street).

Chateau 100 (Donald Street).

Chateau 100 (Donald Street).

River Walk (near the Donald Bridge).

River Walk (near the Donald Bridge).

Foot of the Donald Bridge (Donald Street).

Foot of the Donald Bridge (Donald Street).

Rorie Street/CMHR (Waterfront Drive).

Rorie Street/CMHR (Waterfront Drive).

Jong Jing Asian Food Restaurant (Pacific Avenue).

Jong Jing Asian Food Restaurant (Pacific Avenue).

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Esplanade Riel (The Forks).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Central Grain (as seen from behind Provencher Blvd.).

Central Grain (as seen from behind Provencher Blvd.).

Aurele's Hairstyling (Provencher Blvd.).

Aurele’s Hairstyling (Provencher Blvd.).

Boulangerie (Tissot Street).

Boulangerie (Tissot Street).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Centra Convenience Store (Provencher Blvd.).

Centra Convenience Store (Provencher Blvd.).

Concorde Apartments (Provencher Blvd.).

Concorde Apartments (Provencher Blvd.).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (St. Boniface).

CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface).

CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface).

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Grain Exchange (Lombard Avenue).

Grain Exchange (Lombard Avenue).

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

Elgin Avenue.

Elgin Avenue.

Private Property (Elgin and Bertha).

Private Property (Elgin and Bertha).

Market Avenue.

Market Avenue.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

Ashdown Cafe (John Hirsch Place)/Confederation Building (as seen from John Hirsch Place).

Ashdown Cafe (John Hirsch Place)/Confederation Building (as seen from John Hirsch Place).

Chatfield Distrubutors (Bannatyne Avenue).

Chatfield Distrubutors (Bannatyne Avenue).

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

Marshall Wholesale Company (Market Avenue).

Marshall Wholesale Company (Market Avenue).

MTC (Market Avenue).

MTC (Market Avenue).

Rorie Street/Market and Bertha.

Rorie Street/Market and Bertha.

McDermot Avenue.

McDermot Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

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St. Boniface Fire Hall (Dumoulin Street)

St. Boniface Fire Hall (Dumoulin Street).

690 St. Joseph Street

690 St. Joseph Street.

690 St. Joseph Street

690 St. Joseph Street.

Club St. B. Dumoulin Street,

Club St. B. (Dumoulin Street).

Tricycle/CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface)

Tricycle/CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface).

CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface)

CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface).

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Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

CMHR (Waterfront Drive)

CMHR (Waterfront Drive)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

The East Exchange District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city.  It’s loaded with some of Winnipeg’s most iconic buildings, including the Nutty Club buildings and the Ashdown Warehouse. Lombard, McDermot, and Bannatyne Avenues are some of Winnipeg’s most dynamic and colorful streets. But yet, there’s something not quite right about the area. A look at a satellite image reveals the problem—it’s dominated by surface parking lots. People need to park their cars, but it’s a generally accepted fact that Downtowns with such an unhealthy proportion of parking lots to buildings are not places that people want to be.

I set out one afternoon, camera in hand, to try to capture the relationship between the buildings of the East Exchange and the lots that surround them.

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Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

55 Hargrave (as seen from Prairie 360)

55 Hargrave (as seen from Prairie 360)

CMHR (as seen from Prairie 360)

CMHR (as seen from Prairie 360)

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from the parking lot behind VJ’s on Main)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a true object d’art—in terms of architecture, likely the best example in the city. However, the building is rarely photographed as a building within the context of the city. Typical photos of the building place it as a stand-alone object with little-to-no environmental context or as the oddly disproportionate foreground of Winnipeg’s skyline.

In these photos I’ve attempted to place the building within the context of the browns and beiges of Downtown’s South Portage neighborhood. When viewed from these angles, the enormous scale of the building is magnified, as is the outlandish (in a good way) design. It’s truly a building like no other in Winnipeg.

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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.

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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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It seems almost impossible to believe, but after years of planning, construction and bickering, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has finally opened at the Forks. It’s perhaps a little disappointing that only 4 of the museum’s 11 galleries are open for now, but at least people now have the opportunity to explore the interior of this amazing structure. I’ve been waiting for years to see it, and I cannot wait to get inside.

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