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.
A gorgeous, foggy morning from back in early November.
Sun sets on a warmish day in early January, in and around downtown Winnipeg.
First post in a while—been away. Here’s a look at Waterfront Drive. These were taken on a walk way back in late September. If you haven’t been in the area lately, then likely the most surprising addition is The Flying Saucer condo (it likely has a proper name, but it will always be The Flying Saucer to me), at the very end of Waterfront overlooking the Disraeli Freeway. This is a completely audacious design for a Winnipeg condo, and I can’t wait to see the completed product.
A look at the corner of Waterfront Drive and Heaton, technically in Point Douglas, but for all intents and purposes, a northern extension of the Exchange District. Currently, the highlight of this little nook is 61 Heaton (first three photos), but by this time next year, it’s likely that will change.
If you like extreme weather (as I do), it’s been a great summer in Winnipeg. We’ve had a little bit of everything. This was a particularly nasty day, complete with deafening thunder and nickel-sized hail.
A few photos from the South Portage section of Downtown.
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.
A few from the area around Health Science Centre, namely McDermot Avenue and Sherbrook Street. From the top: 707 McDermot; 705 McDermot; Northern Medical Unit (McDermot); HSC Parkade (William Avenue); Casa Benfica (Sherbrook); Ninho Portugal (Sherbrook); and Independent Fish (Sherbrook).
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.
I’ve posted a few shots from this angle before, but never one in the early morning light. No matter what the light, this will always be one of my favorite buildings in the city.
One of a few mid-century parkades* in downtown Winnipeg. I wonder how long before chunks of concrete fall off this one.
*I still can’t believe parkade isn’t a recognized word in pretty much every dictionary. Legend has it that The Bay in downtown Winnipeg was the first business to use the term. I’ve been unable to confirm if this is truth or not.