January 9, 2014
I was honored to have collaborated on the 2014 Gartner Calendar project. In early 2014, I was commissioned by Gartner to photograph the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). Gartner, based in Bavaria, Germany, specializes in facade construction and provided the steel glass 'cloud' of the building, arguably the most interesting part of the design. The 'cloud' facade is formed by five overlapping curved 'wings' enclosing the building.
Gartner is a pioneer in key technologies and their work is part of many construction projects around the world. This 53-page, 2014 premium quality calendar, features many of their latest projects around the globe. Indeed, I feel very honored to have my photographs featured on 6 of the 53 pages of this 64th edition calendar!
"Entering through massive stone 'roots' into the underground atmosphere of the Great Hall, visitors travel on ramps of glowing alabaster, designed as paths of light through darkness that criss-cross skyward in the breathtaking Hall of Hope. Emerging from the Museum's galleries into a Garden of Contemplation beneath the massive glass 'cloud', they travel up into the light-filled Tower of Hope, rising like the peak of an iceberg 100 metres above the ground for a panoramic view of the city and Prairie landscape beyond".
- text from 2014 Gartner Calendar
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was designed by Antoine Predock (New Mexico) while the main contractor was PCL Contsructors (Winnipeg). Smith-Carter Architects and Engineers (Winnipeg) was the Architect of Record in this project.
The Canadian landscape inspired Antoine Predock's concept for the Museum. Iconic habitats and elements of the region such as vast prairie skies, northern lights, snow, ice, as well as Canadian cultures, including Indigenous cultures, clearly informed the architect’s design for the building. The imagery of icebergs, tree roots, and out-stretched wings also influenced the building's form.
Four main components make up the Museum: the CLOUD, the ROOTS, the MOUNTAIN and the TOWER OF HOPE. The CLOUD symbolizes the wings of a white dove, the symbol for peace. Made up of more than 5000 square metres of windows, it embraces much of the building. The glass cloud is also an allusion to the vaporous state of water. Four large ROOTS at the base of the Museum ground the building to the land on which it sits. Three of the roots will be covered in prairie grasses while the interior will house a diversity of services, including the Museum’s store, a restaurant and classrooms for school groups. The fourth root, covered in Tyndall limestone steps, will serve as a 350-seat outdoor amphitheatre. Similarly, the MOUNTAIN is also made of 450 million year old Tyndall limestone from Manitoba. This is the heart of the Museum where all the permanent exhibit spaces will live. A terrace on the side of the mountain will offer viewers a panoramic view of Saint Boniface and the Esplanade Riel Bridge. Alabaster clad ramps, lit from the interior, provide the main corridor to go from gallery to gallery. Finally, the TOWER OF HOPE represents an iceberg and leads to a viewing platform accessible by either an elevator or a spiral staircase that encircles the tower of hope.
To view the other photographs of the Museum published in the calendar, please 'click' on the photograph of the 2014 Gartner Calendar. Individual photographs from the calendar will then appear at the bottom of the calendar.
I can't wait for the 'Canadian Museum for Human Rights' to open in September of 2014!
January 7, 2014
WINNIPEG finally has its very own calendar! It took a few years of discussions with various publishers but Wyman Publishing finally came through and gave the 'green light' to produce this brand new calendar. I have been asked by countless people and shop managers over the years about producing a Winnipeg calendar so I am very pleased to announce that it is now available for sale. This 12x12" wall calendar features 12 urban scenes, one of which was literally taken in my own backyard - the northern lights scene!
The calendar should be in retail stores in a few months, just in time for the opening of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen on the cover photo besides the Esplanade Riel Bridge). Businesses, corporations and organizations can also order the calendar as a 'promotional calendar' which would include their logo, etc.
For ordering information, please contact Wyman Publishing at:
tel: 613-253-2224 (800-668-3283)
Winnipeg 2015 Calendar
Photography by Mike Grandmaison
Photographie de Mike Grandmaison
January 7, 2014
I recently collaborated with Friesens to produce a calendar for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Mike Grandmaison's Canada 2014 calendar features 12 photos from each Canadian province and two territories. The calendar was presented to attending members during this year's CAPS Annual Convention - 'Global Speakers Summit' in Vancouver, BC from December 8-10, 2013.
January 4, 2014
It's been a brutally COLD winter so far. With an average temperature of only -20.9 C, it's the second-coldest December Winnipeggers have seen in 120 years, and the sixth-coldest overall! On December 31, Winnipeg's temperatures were actually as cold as the surface of Mars. Today, we are experiencing a windchill factor of -50 degrees Celsius! How COOL is that!
You know it's cold when the casing on your extension cord cracks. I KNOW it's cold when I can only stand to be out of my van for 30 minutes at a time. I was itching to get a few images in for the New Year so I drove out just east of the city to photograph a large, shapely cottonwood tree I recently discovered. I'm quite used to photographing outside in winter but there have been occasions when it just isn't pleasant anymore. This was one of them. Enjoy!