There have been a lot of books written about Winnipeg.
Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg with text by Bartley Kives and photos by Bryan Scott does a great job of summing things up visually and literally.
Photographer Bryan Scott is known for capturing Winnipeg's architecture and streetscapes. He works in advertising and has a photo blog called Winnipeg Love Hate.
Barltey Kives meanwhile is a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press where he writes about pop culture, city politics and many other topics.
Together Scott and Kives have created a book that is not only full of striking photographs, it offers a heartfelt and enlightening portrayal of our city that people 'love to hate.'
Even John K. Samson, singer-songwriter known for his song One Great City wrote the foreward to the book.
With Stuck in the Middle still at the printers, we asked Kives and Scott to give us a sneak peek at some of the dissenting views of Winnipeg:
November Snow (see above)
November snow becomes fairy dust in Scotia Heights, a North End neighbourhood east of Main Street. As beautiful as it is, snow is about as exciting to Winnipeggers as mud is to an earthworm. We just assume this is what surrounds us.
The rear entrance to Johnny G’s Restaurant & Bar, on McDermot Avenue in the East Exchange, is adorned by the best wooden fire escape north of the Florida Keys. When there's fire, look for the most combustible means of escape.
A look at pedestrian-friendly Albert Street, prior to the destruction of the Albert Street Business Block, the low-slung structure in the middle. The block, which included a portion of one of Winnipeg’s oldest homes, was severely damaged in a 2012 electrical fire and subsequently demolished. In Winnipeg, we just love, love, love to knock things down.
Arlington Bridge, which crosses the CPR Winnipeg Yards, provides crucial habitat for the rock dove, also known as the “flying rat” or “pigeon.” It was completed in 1912 and dogged by bogus urban legends it was intended to cross the Nile River in Egypt, where pigeons have existed for at least 300,000 years.
Hear Bryan Scott and Bartley Kives on Information Radio between 6 and 7 a.m. on Friday November 1. The launch for Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg is at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Sunday November 3 at 2 p.m.