After leaving Winnipeg for good, I returned in 2018 and 2019 to take photographs for several projects. In the early 20th century, Winnipeg was a promising metropolis, significant enough to merit a stop on the North American vaudeville circuit, hosting the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Absurdity still lurks below the surface of the city. These photographs are also scraps from the cutting room floor of other projects. Their pervading blackness anticipates the pandemic nightmare years. Here, the subconscious is the great dictator.