This post is also available in: German
Winnipeg. Admittedly, the name sounds pretty funny (at least to my Swiss ears), but apart from that, nobody really knows why anyone should should go through the trouble to visit Winnipeg at all. It’s name comes from the Indian words for muddy water and it lies in an extremely flat plain in the very eastern part of the prairies. When Homer Simpson visited the city sometime in season 16, we see a sign welcoming visitors to Winnipeg with the words “We were born here, what’s your excuse?”. So it’s flatter than flat, the water is apparently muddy and on top of that, the city also has the loving nickname “Winterpeg” attached to it. It doesn’t take a genius to deduct that the winters are not particularly fun and that the city is quite often at the receiving end of many “winter is coming” jokes.
Winnipeg Looks Great in Black and White
But, despite what the name, the jokes or the rather unexciting topography might suggest, Winnipeg surprises. It is more than just a forced stop on the trans-Canada railway. It was named the cultural center of Canada back in 2010 and thus offers quite a few museums and art galleries. The thing that piqued my interest the most though were the many and well preserved turn of the century buildings found in downtown. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to turn them to black and white, because, Winnipeg simply looks stunning without colour. Formal symmetry meets grandeur, terracotta meets stone and metal frames and details, patterns, old advertisements and quite a few curiosities pose a photographers dream come true. Once an important trading center and transportation hub, I followed tradition by rolling in on the rattling, stainless steel wagons of The Canadian, the iconic transcontinental passenger line operated by VIA Rail and the following hours, went on a black and white photowalk around town.
The city turned out to be freakin’ awesome, see the black and white images of Winnipeg yourself: