What an amazing site; love the color photos. Moved away from Winnipeg 16 years ago to Vancouver and thoroughly enjoyed looking at these beautiful photos. It gave me a lot of nostalgic feelings; keep up the great photography! Its nice to see a lot of the structures still standing; its too bad they aren't being utilized or given the respect they so richly deserve.
I'd like to know why some of the photos look like finely detailed paintings. Whatever they are, they're amazing. Great work!
I do a lot of post-processing on my photos, mostly with Photoshop. Also, many of the photos use a technique called HDR (high dynamic range) which really brings out textures and details in the photos--the painterly effect that you mentioned results from this technique.
Hey Bryan. Very nice work and such a unique and romantic take on the city. Do you sell your work commercially? I think I've seen some of it in somewhere, maybe Destination Winnipeg brochures or something. Cheers.
Thanks Peter. I do sell prints. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.It's possible you saw some of my work in Destination Winnipeg pieces; I entered a couple of pieces in their "Picture Winnipeg" contest a couple of years ago.
Really nice site here. I left Winnipeg many years ago, but I try to get back every year or two. You should get a Twitter account and send some images there too. All the best.
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Fantastic site. I want to come visit Winnipeg after viewing this. Winnipeg seems like such a strange exotic place. It looks like the time lines of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries are all bent out of shape; as though time has collapsed in on itself. I heard Winnipeg is the Sleep Walking Capital of the World; 24% of the citizens have sleep walking issues. Keep up the great work.
Oh wow. What a labour of love.I remember as a little kid driving downtown with my Dad in the '50s and marvelling at the beautiful Edwardian city we lived in. Still intact at that time. Before the third raters got their hands on it.Great photography; light, colour, TEXTURE. Eager to see what you'd do with the Winnipeg Clinic, the only one of my favourites I don't see here.with appreciation,Charles MurdochHogtown
Thanks Charles.Take another look, though:http://www.winnipeglovehate.com/search?q=clinic&x=0&y=0
hey bryan,continued thanks for the posts!thought you might find some interest in a few things i've noticed recently. #1, kind of in the southwest 'quadrant' of the osborne & broadway intersection, close to the modern gwl building, it looks like there's an old rail track starting to emerge from the pavement, like a ghost of winnipeg's past showing himself.#2, embedded in the back lane behind carlos & murphys, there is an old steel wheel from a car or wagon of some sort also emerging from the concrete. it looks like a manhole cover until you get up close.
I am so happy to have stumbled upon your site!I love Winnipeg and feel like most of my fellow peggers don't share the same enthusiasim for it.I wish that everyone in Winnipeg could visit your site because I think that it would make them forget about our harsh winters, short summers, swarms of mosquitoes, and crater like pot holes. Your images are amazing and have lots of character, which I think is a perfect reflection of the city! Keep up the great work!
Thanks Merrybeth... Spread the word!
I just discovered your pictures on flickr and ultimately found your site. Your coverage of Winnipeg architecture is so exhaustive and your photography is so outstanding that you've made it very hard for other photographers to approach the subject! I especially love your platinum toned and through the viewfinder pix. Keep up the great work!
completely enjoyed my visit - stayed longer than I should have and will certainly be back! Great work! What do you shoot with?
Thanks L. Mostly a Pentax K10.
Hey,I've been to Winnipeg several times for work. I liked it for how nice the people are but I fell in love with it when I started exploring the Exchange district.I just wanted to let you know how great your blog is. Your photos are sharp and the posts are just as sharp pointers to learn more about the city. Love the old quotes widget on the left!
so glad to see you back, I absolutely love your pics. Keep up the amazing work. I hope to see your pictures in a gallery (hopefully achieved) one day.
I don't usually leave comments on things (one thing that I am trying to rectify), but your pictures are amazing. The lighting and angles and the capturing of urban decay is all spot on. I've seen alot of the places that you've taken pictures of, and it nails it perfectly.One thing that really made me want to comment is your picture of the fence at La Barriere park....the one along the farmer's field across the foot bridge and past the near haunted forest (as I call it....we usually go in late fall). When we've been walking along there, we've never come across anyone else that's walking there too. Of course people eventually do walk along there, so it's nice to know who's doing it!I've noticed that you haven't updated the site in awhile--please continue to do so.
i have a very strange relationship with winnipeg.... over the last few weeks of following your blog, i have actually been moved to tears by some of your photos. the beauty you show me in a place that's shown me so much ugliness can be overwhelming. i just wanted to thank you.
Wow, thanks Denys, that means a lot to me.
Love your pictures, like so many I moved away from Winnipeg and your site is a wonderful reminder of why I miss it so much. Thank you for making Winnipeg look so beautiful..it even makes me miss winter!
Magdalena: Complain all you won't, but kindly do not post advertisements in this space.
OMG...that just made me homesick!!! I love my hometown, and will always remember its glorious buildings and edgy attitude. LOVE your work. The one of Westminster Church really struck me hard, I lived in the house behind it with some roommates, it was such a great house. If ever you find yourself back there, take a photo? It was the 'priest's quarters' at one point, it was the coolest but creepiest house I've ever lived in.
I stumbled on this site a couple of years ago and bookmarked it right away. Before the arrival of kids, I used to love walking around the city photographing all the amazing architectural detail. I think your work is fantastic and I only just realized that you are also a Pentax shooter. Now I think you're even more awesome! I have a host of old Pentax film bodies and a K10D... love it.
Thanks May. I actually just picked up the K-7. I'm Loving it, but because of the cold I haven't been able to do any real shooting.... I have high hopes, though.
Very cool - how are you like the video on the K-7?Also would like to get your ideas on a great public indoor location with lots of natural light that would be great for portraits. Thanks!
I'm liking the video--the quality is excellent. It's just a little impractical, though, to use an SLR as a video camera. Ergonomically, it just doesn't work for me.As for indoor locations. nothing's really popping into my head right now...but if you're shooting informal portraits, any place with a window will do (I really love window-lit portraits).
Yes, the video feature on the DSLRs does not interest me at all. I've never been much into video though, just stills.As for indoor location, I was thinking of the Red River College Princess campus or Millenium library (but concerned about the harsh shadows here). They would be for informal/candid kids portraits.
Hi there - just wanted to compliment you on your site. I moved away from Winnipeg 20 years ago - your photos make me miss my hometown after all these years. You definitely show the city in it's best light.
Bryan, just wanted to know if you've used the PENTAX DA 10-17MM 3.5-4 ED FISHEYE lens before, and what your thoughts are on it. All my 35 mm wide angles are too "long" on the K10D. Thanks.
I haven't used that lens before, but was contemplating it for my next lens purchase. I'll probably end up going with the Sigma 10-20, though, because I love my 17-70 so much. Both lenses are fairly well reviewed, I believe.
I currently used the 16-50 mm on my K10D but find I would like something wider now and then. The 10-17 mm would be fun to try. I was actually contemplating the 12-24 mm but it overlaps with the 16-50 mm.
Wonderful site! The photos are really remarkable. Though I have not lived in Winnipeg for 20 years, the city looks great through your camera lens. A request: There are still some small, independent drugstores around that often have interesting signs or window displays. Classic stuff. One I can remember is just south of what is now Queen Elizabeth bridge.And a comment about The Bay parking lot. I have fond memories of that place as we usually used to park on the roof and the view was always worth pausing to appreciate. Maybe some photos from up there would be worth displaying. You may also find the St.James Civic Centre on Ness, and the Curling Club on Ellis to be decent architecture. As well, Grant's Mill in front of the Grace Hospital on Portage. Just trying to get more St.James photos up!Thanks so much for your terrific site!
Thanks Acharnement. I'll try to get to some of those suggestions....
Just stumbled across your site via google and I love it! You've got a great eye and have found some unique perspectives on my hometown.I love looking at the images online but would love to somehow get them in a printed format. I know I can order prints online but any chance you will be producing a coffee table book?I can really see this being selling well and being promoted at McNally Robinson. I know I'd buy it. Keep it up!
Thanks Pierre... I do hope that one day I will be able to put out a book.
I'm coming to Winnipeg this weekend, and was supposed to be figuring out how to get to my hotel and bus routes and other important stuff. Instead, I've been transfixed by your blog. Thanks for showing me the soul of the city. It's much more compelling than anything on a map.
we were planning to move to Winnipeg, but after seeing your amazing photos, we finally decided to visit this beautiful city Winnipeg. We were so amazed! Keep up the great work, and Thank you for sharing the photos!
Great Site!I moved away from Winnipeg one year ago and I would have never guessed that I would miss the city as much as I do. There is something in Winnipeg that you can't find anywhere else, I still can't put words to what exactly it is, but your photos do a great job of capturing it! Keep up the good work!
I'm not sure what the Love/Hate concept has to do with your site but if you hate it I invite you to leave.Your photos are good ones but I won't be back due to the negative nature of your name and bi-line.
OMG!!! Can't wait to get my hands on this book!! Beautiful job!!
Hi Bryan,Beautiful Work. More often than not, the negative things about Winnipeg are brought up. I love that you're able to capture the beauty in all the 'repulsive-ness'. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book.
Hi Bryan!! So I stumbled upon this page, and truly your images made me feel like I was home sweet home! :) Even though during this Thanksgiving weekend I am not home, since I go to school in SW Ontario, I was missing family a lot and your pictures gave me some comfort. The images capture what Winnipeg has to offer besides mosquitos and snow which is the response all my friends here can think about. This is such a lovely website - and it's title is just so damn true!!! How I describe Winnipeg to the Ontario folk out here, hmm...pretty much that it's a place you love to hate/hate to love!!! Keep up the good work, I saw you have been to Linden Woods, so perhaps you can try a few images in Whyte Ridge, they have a super nice park and hill area that may provide for some great shots.Take care, Gladys
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Hi Bryan, Love your blog! Been following it for a while now and share many of your sentiments about our wonderful, under-achieving city. Here's a recent article in the New York Times about Manitoba's provincial nominee program. It includes this gem of a quote: Winnipeg: "a hub of parka-clad diversity".http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/13/world/americas/13immig.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1
Thanks. I saw that article--and the quote. Great stuff.
I am really loving your photos. I am traveling to Winnipeg for the first time next week (see my blog for details). It seems you have caught the spirit of the city.
Bryan,Love your passionate eye!Can you talk about equipment?I am looking for a good wide angle for my nikon d300 any advice?What do you use for the wide shots?wayne
Thanks Wayne.I use Pentax and Sigma lenses, so I can't really tell you much about Nikon lenses. The widest I've got for now is a Sigma 17-70 (which I love). Next lens I pick up will be much wider: Either the Sigma 10-20, or the equivalent Pentax. For everyday usage, though, I rarely feel the need to go wider than 17.
Wow Bryan...some really great pictures. I was hoping to find one or some of the Mitchell Copp building but looked through all the Portage Ave ones and didn't come across any. Is there one? TY
When I was a kid the Mitchell-Copp building was 3 stories on the SE corner of Hargrave and Portage, across from Eatons.Replaced by a 15storey office building in the 70's (?)Try Google Image Search entering "Portage Ave. Winnipeg" or "Eatons Winnipeg" or something like that.
JayP: Somehow I've managed to miss that one over the years. Will try to capture it in the coming months.
Bryan Scott:HDR it and slap a Vingette on it.Love it or Hate it thats your style.
Bryan.. thank you. I will keep checking back, may want to buy the picture. I worked for David Copp and it pains me to see that building sitting empty for so long now. Have to look at the bright side that the city hasnt seen fit to approve demolition. Anonymous@February 23,2011 12:15PM...go piss somewhere else.
Beautiful photos, however I don't agree with you on the title page saying Winnipeg, 'The Most Repulsive City'. Like anywhere in the world there are good and bad areas. It's people like you who say things like that, that give us a bad reputation, I think we Winnipeggers should give this city a little more credit than that! Is your glass half full or is it half empty?
Dionne, did you read the two words in the description before "most repulsive?" If so, then you'd know that the answer to the question "Is your glass half empty or full?" would be this: Yes.
My wife purchased the book for me for Christmas (after some not-so-subtle hints). For those who are wondering, the book is of very high quality and I think well worth the coast, love it. What a delight! I was born brought up and educated in Winnipeg but have been living away for 30+ years now. This is the best book on Winnipeg via the art of photography since 'A Place not our Own' by John Paskievich.
Just saw your 2012 Pat Martin Calander. Love it! Those images are all ones, we as Winnipegges have all experienced and been to. I especially like the Wolsley shortcut, taken it many times. Good job to you and love that someone in political position has embraced some of the cooler places our city has to offer. Werd up Bry!
guess what? Love you! I was on my way to the can as in garbage saw your pictures and loved them. They evoked emotions and almost made me homesick. When I am sitting on spence.Thanks for picturing Winnipeg real.
Hey man. On the front page there is a John K. quote, but it is listed as "John K. SAMPSON". His last name is SAMSON. No 'P'. Thought I should give you a heads up!Love the site, check it daily.
@Anonymous: Agghhhhh. I'm embarrassed. Will fix immediately.
Hi Bryan, I am disappointed that your book is no longer available for purchase online. Is there any way I can purchase it?
Sorry K. Mags, the book was always intended to be a limited run. There are copies available through the Winnipeg Library system... That's the best I can suggest.
Wow you capture the crud that is the Peghole very well.You should check out Fred Capio's blog on Montreal he is one of the best urban photographers. His images are famous for there brutal truth, with a beauty and humor. As Fred says, "he takes photos to remember, not for art sake". link: http://montrealcanada.tumblr.com/Good job, Bryan keep up the hate !sir_steveoh
Love your website!
Your pictures are truly beautiful- I had to move back to my hometown of Winnipeg 2 years ago with my family after living in Toronto for 20 years, and your pictures really inspired me and made me feel good about moving back. You really capture Winnipeg in a fresh way. Keep it up:)
as a long time, yet now transplanted Shindipeg resident - I try to get to Rae & Jerry's lounge whenever I'm back. A friend of mine gave me a pic of the R & J's sign a while back which features prominently in my home office. I was scrolling through your site and was pleasantly surprised to find where it came from - very nicely done!
I wanna say this guy inspired me to grab my camera, catch the bus and make a ton of pics of the exchange district, thanks Bryan you're a true inspiration buddy.Btw, are you gonna reprint your book again? If you do let us know!
Your blog is awesome! I moved to Winnipeg a few months ago and this gives my family a little bit more insight into my new home.
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