February 12, 2010 marked the first day of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. This series of portraits were taken around downtown Vancouver during the 12 hours leading up to the opening ceremonies as the streets filled with fans, as well as demonstrators, all trying to make the day memorable and significant. Also included in this post is a short video featuring these images and more.

Jessie from Langley up early to photograph the torch as it enters Vancouvers via Lions Gate Bridge

Sylvia from Richmond watched her brother carry the the torch along the Stanley Park Seawall

Curtis protests the lack of decent social housing as the Olympic torch passes Main and Hastings in Downtown Vancouver’s eastend.

Bryce from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island enjoying the pre Olympic’s fever.

Dominque from Quebec, a volunteer with a community based art project

Billy, flat land BMX rider, under the Cambie Street Bridge outside BC Place Stadium

Luam from Eritrea joins anti-olympic protest

Charles-Henri, cameraman for Eurosport


Random Portraits in Vancouver by herwigphoto

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