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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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Skating at The Forks.

View from the foot bridge at The Forks.

View from the foot bridge at The Forks.

Foot bridge at The Forks.

Skating Rink at The Forks.

Skating Rink at The Forks.

Skating Rink at The Forks.

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Foot Bridge (The Forks).

Foot Bridge (The Forks).

Foot Bridge (The Forks).

Foot Bridge (The Forks).

Foot Bridge (The Forks).

Foot Bridge (The Forks).

Foot Bridge (The Forks).

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Shaw Park (Pioneer Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Shaw Park (Pioneer Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Sand Dunes Art Installation (Waterfront Drive).

Sand Dunes Art Installation (Waterfront Drive).

Lombard Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Carnival Restaurant (Waterfront Drive).

Carnival Restaurant (Waterfront Drive).

Back to Winnipeg, but only for a couple of posts. After the epic northern Manitoba drive, I barely picked up the camera for the months of July and August. And then, it was back on the road for a couple of day trips through western Manitoba.

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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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Portage Avenue East.

Portage Avenue East.

Mill Street.

Mill Street.

Mill Street.

Mill Street.

National Bank Financial (Lombard Avenue).

National Bank Financial (Lombard Avenue).

365 Main Street (Portage and Main).

365 Main Street (Portage and Main).

Westbrook Street.

Westbrook Street.

L. Galpern Candy Co. (Bannatyne Avenue).

L. Galpern Candy Co. (Bannatyne Avenue).

Pioneer Avenue.

Pioneer Avenue.

CMHR (Waterfront Drive).

CMHR (Waterfront Drive).

Behind Main Street.

Behind Main Street.

Near Pioneer Avenue.

Near Pioneer Avenue.

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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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Mill Street.

Mill Street.

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Nutty VClub (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty VClub (Lombard Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Some shots under or near the rail bridge that runs parallel to Main Street and around Shaw Park. My office just recently moved into the neighborhood (yes, I have a 9-5 day job), so expect more from shots from the area over the next while.

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Gey Cup 20156 (The Forks)

Gey Cup 20156 (The Forks)

Skinner's (The Forks)

Skinner’s (The Forks)

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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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A bit all over the place today. First, a couple of shots from a lovey winter day at The Forks; Boyd Autobody (Pembina Highway); and a couple of previously unseen shots—Nutty Club (Westbrook Street) and Towne Cinema (Notre Dame Avenue).

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Yup, more old ones from the archives—some previously unedited, and some reedited. From the top: A couple from the basement of the Downtown Bay before Zeller’s moved in (I’m sure the emptiness down there these days is even more…empty); Westminster Avenue in the heart of Wolseley, Vulcan Ironworks, along with some junked cars on the south side of the building; Fire Roses Flour/Ogilve Mills; St. Boniface Post Office; the alley just north of Princess and McDermot; and teepees at The Forks.

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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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Okay, until I finally visit the CMHR for the first time (which will hopefully be soon), I am officially banning myself from taking photos of both the museum and Esplanade Riel.

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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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