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Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

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I've visited quite a few buildings over the years, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is one of the most extraordinary buildings I've seen. It's almost impossible to describe the interior...or to photograph the experience of being in the interior of the building effectively. Walking through the museum is like undergoing a journey. You enter through the Great Hall and climb illuminated alabaster ramps from level to level. Eventually, you reach the Tower of Hope near the spire where you get a 360 degree view of the skyline. The museum is immense. There are 15,000 tiles of alabaster along the ramps...making it the biggest project ever done with that material. The building itself cost just over $350 million at the time of construction.

Photography can be a challenge. Tripods are not permitted. The interior is quite dark and is also crowded with visitors.

1- Museum in back of the Winnipeg sign
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2- I parked across the river and walked over the pedestrian bridge when I visited the museum.
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3- The building lends itself to architectural abstract images. I took some liberties in Photoshop with this one.
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4- The exhibits are bright and colorful. That's one of the illuminated alabaster ramps on the left.
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5- Ramps connect the various level...and if I recall correctly the museum has 8 levels.
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6- Visitors often rest on benches along the way. Elevators are available for those who don't wish to climb, but the ramps certainly add to the overall experience.
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7- More ramps...to capture this shot, I held my Nikon Z9 at arms length over the railing. I relied on the extended rear LCD panel to compose and focus. Image stabilization was my friend as well. Thankfully, I didn't drop the Z9 and lens multiple stories!
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8- Star Blanket created by those attending a national Indigenous youth conference.
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9- Staircase nearing the Asper Tower of Hope
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10- The museum is a prominent part of the Winnipeg skyline.
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Thanks for looking...
Glenn
 
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What an amazing building! Inside and out, it's just gorgeous.

#7 of the ramps is super!

...no tripods? Sniffle. Why is that, do you suppose?

Great work!
 
Some lovely shot and a great building for sure, my personal favourites are 3,6,7,9. I think the liberties you refer to for #3 work really well.
 
What an amazing building! Inside and out, it's just gorgeous.

#7 of the ramps is super!

...no tripods? Sniffle. Why is that, do you suppose?

Great work!
Thanks Terri...

Most buildings that I visit prohibit tripods. I think they are concerned about people tripping over tripod legs or having photographers block walkways or easy access to the exhibits.

Glenn
 
What an amazing building! Inside and out, it's just gorgeous.

#7 of the ramps is super!

...no tripods? Sniffle. Why is that, do you suppose?

Great work!
Agree, I’d say that’s a wall hanger for sure, in fact I’d probably be hanging #3 as well, really nice work
 
Agree, I’d say that’s a wall hanger for sure, in fact I’d probably be hanging #3 as well, really nice work
Thanks...I rarely include people in the frame, but did so with 7 to introduce some scale to the scene. I think I need to do that more often.

Glenn
 
Excellent! Love love #7. Glad you didn't drop your camera. Nominated #7 for POTM
 
Nice set. We'll have to viit if we ever get up that way.

...no tripods? Sniffle. Why is that, do you suppose?

Great work!

The Smithsonian museums are the same - no tripods for safety reasons. IF you are a working member of the media, you can apply for permission and will be given an escort.
 
Wonderful set! Ilike them all, but 6 and 7 are my favorites for their geometry and lines.
Thanks Jeff...7 was my favorite of the set.
Excellent! Love love #7. Glad you didn't drop your camera. Nominated #7 for POTM
Thanks Cheryl...7 was my favorite from the museum! Thanks for the nomination...much appreciated.
Nice set. We'll have to viit if we ever get up that way.



The Smithsonian museums are the same - no tripods for safety reasons. IF you are a working member of the media, you can apply for permission and will be given an escort.
It was well worth it for me...even if just for the architecture.
Nice set. We'll have to viit if we ever get up that way.



The Smithsonian museums are the same - no tripods for safety reasons. IF you are a working member of the media, you can apply for permission and will be given an escort.
I once shot photographs at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. I asked for permission and they granted a pass for me to use my tripod. So, sometimes it can pay to ask.
Yay! You beat me to it. :)
Thanks Terry
Nice set.
Thank you!

Glenn
 
Outstanding series. Beautiful structure, well photographed.
 

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