Saint Boniface, Manitoba

Precious Blood Church built 1967.

Designed by Ètienne Gaboury, a St. Boniface-born architect. The twisting spiral roof is evocative of the tipis once used by Western Canada’s Aboriginal people. Inside, the natural light, wide spaces and the warmth of the wood exposed throughout invite spiritual reflection.

Gaboury's work is ubiquitous in the French Quarter, and includes the St. Boniface Police Station, the student centre at the College universitaire de Saint-Boniface, the new Provencher Bridge and Esplanade Riel.

f3.5 1/30 18mm

February 27, 2009

In CS2 I used the shadow/highlight and levels.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 09/12/10 22:56
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 09/12/10 22:57

Closeup of brown wood to the left of stained glass window in posted image.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 09/12/10 22:58

Entrance to Precious Blood Church showing stained glass and the corkscrew shape of the peak of the church.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 09/12/10 22:59

View from northeast showing corkscrew shape of the Precious Blood Church.

Comments by Harry Liston on Sun, 09/12/10 23:22

You can see some elements of native culture in the design of this building. The original post is the most compelling image, in my opinion. The diagonal lines and repetition of patterns makes the shot a little more interesting than the others.

Comments by SteveZ on Mon, 09/13/10 08:53

Most interesting architecture, Jan. Excellent job with all three. I find the noise in # 1 a bit unsightly but still a good job.

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Mon, 09/13/10 09:10

What a beautiful church. Nice job on all the images, but the OP is really impressive...

Comments by S Roter on Mon, 09/13/10 11:54

Well done Jan, the OP is outstanding.

Comments by Linda Frey on Mon, 09/13/10 11:58

Very nice set of images of the church, Jan. I like the abstractness of the OP. Thank-you!

Comments by John Long on Mon, 09/13/10 12:39

Excellent shots Jan - I note the OP was shot at 1/30th - handheld?
The others show the various aspects of the church which is very impressive.

Comments by Sal Santostefano on Mon, 09/13/10 13:35

What an interesting place. You caught some really great shots, Jan. I like your perspective in each one.

Comments by Jeff Dye on Mon, 09/13/10 14:43

All of the above. I also like the third but without the sidewalk and doors.

Comments by kathrn on Mon, 09/13/10 17:55

The OP has great colors and lines, really felt drawn to the thumbnail right away. I also love the close up of the wood, both of these have a warmth that I enjoy viewing.

Comments by Pietro Cecchi on Mon, 09/13/10 18:56

Very interesting and beautiful reportage, Jan... :)
Thank you!

Comments by Christopher Azzopardi on Tue, 09/14/10 11:47

They are all good. You have captured very interesting rhythm in the architecture.

Comments by Paula Berry on Sun, 09/19/10 16:21

Jan your entire gallery is stunning. In your series of the Precious Blood Church I have to say the close up of the brown wood is my favorite. I swear the scent of the wood is emanating through my computer as I view the incredible angles and rich detailed array of colorful wood tones and grain. Yes this one is sure a beauty.

Comments by Maria Salvador on Sun, 10/03/10 07:09

The whole series is nice and interesting - but the OP is one of my favorites from yours. Wonderful play of lines, colors and light!